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Colorado Science and Engineering Fair News


60th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Happy Diamond Anniversary!!

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

The 60th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair will be held April 9 - 11, 2015 in the newly rennovated Lory Student Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Read about the history of the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair here.

To participate in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, a student must first be chosen by their Regional Science Fair. All students must also adhere by the rules and regulations regarding pre-college student research as set by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's Scientific Review Committee.

Check out the interview of CSEF Alumni with 9News!

Results from the 2014 CSEF Grand Awards and Special Awards can be found in the Press Release.


2014 Guest Speaker
Dr. Walt Meier
Research Scientist at NASA's Goddard Flight Center

Dr. Meier presented imagery from NASA and other satellites to demonstrate how these data are improving our understanding of climate change and variability; this is particularly true in the polar regions, where satellite resources are essential for monitoring the rapidly changing climate. Dr. Meier's talk took place on Friday, April 11th in the Lory Student Center Theater at Colorado State University.


Grand Award Judges - Conflict of Interest Policy

Starting with the 2014 CSEF all grand award judges must comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure a fair judging environment and avoid any possible conflicts of interest, perceived or actual. To this end, we ask that anyone involved in any capacity with a Regional Science Fair that is affiliated with CSEF (e.g., sponsor, teacher, relative of a student or judge at the regional level) disclose this information when they register as a grand award judge with CSEF.


CSEF Alumni Wins at BioGENEius Competition

Logan Collins, the 2014 CSEF 1st Place Best of CSEF Senior Division Project winner took second place at the BioGENEius Challenge on June 25 in San Diego, CA. Logan also won Best of Category at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.


CSEF Alumni at White House Science Fair

Two Colorado Science and Engineering Fair alumni took part in the White House Science Fair on April 22, 2013. Sara Volz,2013 Intel Science Talent Search winner from Colorado Springs and Easton LaChappelle, 2013 CSEF representative to the Intel ISEF from Mancos were chosen to participate in last year's event. Watch their interviews with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye on You Tube. Also see Easton's interview with President Obama on You Tube.


CSEF Alumni Focus of USA Today Article & Intel YouTube Video

Sara Volz and others like her are the focus of an article in USA Today talking about how our young scientists, engineers and mathematicians need to be celebrated and encouraged just the way Olympic athletes are. Sara is also featured in a YouTube Video that shows what she is doing a year after winning the Intel Science Talent Search.


CSEF Alumni on TEDxTalks

CSEF Alumni, Intel ISEF & Intel Science Talent Search award winner Sara Volz shares her experience with science fair research projects in this TEDxTalk.

CSEF Alumni & Intel ISEF award winner Easton LaChappelle talks about his robotic arm engineering project in this TEDxTalk.


Future CSEF Dates

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled based on the CSU academic calendar and is always the 12th week of the semester, which starts the day after Martin Luther King Day in January. Future CSEF dates should be:

2016: April 7 - 9
2017: April 6 - 8
2018: April 5 - 7
2019: April 11 - 13
2020: April 9 - 11


CSEF Historical Items Needed!!

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. Board of Directors is looking to add to the CSEF archives, housed at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University. If anyone has items that might be a great addition to the collection, please contact Elemer Bernath, CSEF Historian.

International Science and Engineering Fair News

Colorado Students to Attend the
Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, CA

The following students attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11 - 16, 2014 representing the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and 10 of the 13 Regional Science Fairs. Read about the awards they won here.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Logan Collins, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled The Conjugative Plasmid RK2 As a Delivery System for Artificial AnatheriaH Genes: A Novel Synthetic Biology Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics.

Nurul MohdReza, 12th grade, from Union Colony Preparatory School with the project entitled Year II: Domestic Wastewater Clarification and Power Generation- Increasing the Conductivity of Permeated Electrodes in a Single-Celled Microbial Fuel Cell.

Matthew Hileman, 10th grade, from The Classical Academy College Pathways with the project entitled Cube Satellites: Miniature Satellite Design and Operations for Pulsed Plasma System Applications.

Lawrence Zhang, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitle Suppression of Malonyl-CoA:ACP Transacylase as a Treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

Arkansas Valley
Mitchell Fosdick, 9th grade, from Fowler Jr/Sr High School with the project entitled Phase II: Identification of Isolates of Algae and Biofuel Properties.

Boulder Valley
Hope Weinstein, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticle Enhanced Membranes for Water Filtration: Optimizing Casting Parameters for Global Applications.

Jaimie Zhu, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Sugar Synthesis and the Effect of Glycosylation on Chemotaxis.

Jesse Zhang, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Lunar Tide Contribution to Thermosphere Weather.

Denver Metro
Apurva Subramanian, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Use of Shape Memory Polymers for Neonatal Endotracheal Tubes.

Michael Brady, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Effects of Scaling a Microbial Fuel Cell.

Longs Peak
Jennifer Jones, 11th grade, from Frontier Academy with the project entitled Creating Permutations for Actions on Young Tableaux.

Morgan/Washington
Merritt Singley, 10th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Effect of Frequency on Wave Formation in Sugar Water Mixtures of Various Specific Gravities.

Jacob Nichols, 12th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled An Application of Calculus Principles to Icicle Volume.

Northeast Colorado
Arjana Begzati, 11th grade, from Fleming High School with the project entitled No Bull About It; Antioxidants Prevent DNA Damage.

Tara Cook, 12th grade, from Sterling High School with the project entitled A Study of Pseudomonas putida as a Viable Biofertilizer for Crops in Soils with High Salinity.

Pikes Peak
Roshni Kalkur, 11th grade, from Air Academy High School with the project entitled The Impact of Deuterium Oxide on the Cell Cycle of RBL Cells via Tubulin-mediated Antimitotic Action.

Rebecca Bloomfield, 9th grade, from Palmer High School with the project entitled The Itch to Twitch: The Effects of DNA, DNase, and degraded DNA on Twitching Motility in Acinetobacter baylyi.

Audra Burke & Jason Mackay, 12th grade, from Yoder High School with the project entitled Testing the Significance of Racial, Age, and Gender Descriptors in Relation to Personal Interaction.

San Juan Basin
Rachel Rossi, 12th grade, from Durango High School with the project entitled Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Remediation in Water: Exploration of Mycoremediation Capabilities of Fungi.

San Luis Valley
Mary Hood, 10th grade, from Sargent High School with the project entitled Hit Me with Your Best Shot: An Arduino Controlled Training Platform for Child Martial Artists.

Tayler Rocha, 12th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled A Potential Management Strategy for the Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher: Effects of Early Season Wildfire on Foraging and Nesting Riparian Habitat.

Western Colorado
Sarah Stalcup, 12th grade, from Delta High School with the project entitled Riparian Area Multiple Indicator Monitoring.


Future ISEF Host Cities

Starting in 2011, the following three cities have been chosen to rotate the Intel ISEF for the next nine years:

  • Los Angeles, California - 2011, 2014, 2017
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2012, 2015, 2018
  • Phoenix, Arizona - 2013, 2016, 2019

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