Breaking news….they’ve just announced the grand award winners at the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair. And I’m absolutely thrilled to tears to announce that the top three prize winners are all girls! One more nail in the coffin for those who say that girls can’t do science, math, and engineering.
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Three talented, hard working, and lucky students are the recipients of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, which includes a $50,000 college scholarship. This year’s winners are:
- Efficient Hydrogen Production Using Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared by Homogeneous Precipitation Method by Yi-Han Su, 17 from Taipei Municipal First Girls’ Senior High School in Taipei. (A girl! From Taiwan! And I happened to pick up her abstract and take a picture of her board! (I’ll have the pic and highlights from the abstract later this afternoon)
- Development of Biosensors for Detecting Hazardous Chemicals by Natalie Saranga Omattage, 17, from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. (Another girl!)
- Computation of the Alexander-Conway Polynomial on the Chord Diagrams of Singular Knots by
Sana Raoof, 17 of Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. (Another girl! It’s a sweep!
Three students were also awarded the Seaborg SIYSS Award, which consists of a trip to the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm in December. These students, the three top high school seniors, will get a chance to hob-nob with the Nobel laureates, hear them give their lectures, see the medals get awarded, and attend a glamorous feast and ball at the Stockholm town hall. They’ll also get to interact with other top young scientists from the European Union and around the world. Short of winning a Nobel prize itself, this is the closest you can come to being at the center of the events. These smart, dedicated, lucky soon-to-be world travelers are:
- Kaleigh Anne Eichel, 17, of Strongsville Senior High School, in Strongsville, Ohio for her project
The Ability to Learn: Learning and Communication between Comet Goldfish
- Dongyoung Kim, 17, of the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, in Anheung, Gangwon, South Korea for his computer science project Real-Time Water Wave Simulation with Surface Advection
- Eric Nelson Delgado, 18,of Bayonne High School, Bayonne, New Jersey for his project on Engineering a Novel Gram-Negative Effective Efflux Pump Inhibitor.
The top team project wins a trip to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Denmark in December. Congratulations to Jared Vega Goodman, 17, and Jonathan Wang, 16, of the Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida for their project on Protection of Neurons Against Injury Using Neuroreceptor-Targeting Nanoparticles.
Aside from these overall winners, 25% of the projects at the fair received category grand awards. You can see the full list of grand award winners here. (Is there on from your hometown? Or someone doing a project right up your alley?) The best project in each category wins $5000, first award winners receive $3000, second awards are worth $1500, thirds win $1000, and fourths win $500. All first and second award winners also get a minor planet named after them by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. An out-of-this world prize! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Besides all the cash, the grand award winners have the privilege, joy, and cool factor of knowing that their hard work, late nights, long hours in the field and lab, resulted in becoming the best of the best high school science researchers in the world.
But more importantly, every student at the Intel ISEF and at any local, regional, or state fair in the country has gotten the experience of really doing science and learning more about their world. They’ve gained speaking skills, writing skills, math competence, and, hopefully, some confidence in themselves. Whether they go on to become scientists, engineers, mathematicians, doctors, or lawyers, teachers, salespeople, and accountants, those skills and their appreciation for the science process will make them better citizens of the world. And, really, that’s what science fairs are all about.