Colorado students from around the state were among the awards winners at the 63rd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Los Angeles May 11 - 16, 2014. Below is a listing of the award winners and their hometowns.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9-12. Visit the Society for Science & the Public web site http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/ for more information.
Colorado Finalist Delegation to Intel ISEF
Arjana Begzati, grade 11, from Fleming, CO with the project No Bull About It: Antioxidants Prevent DNA Damage.
Rebecca Bloomfield, grade 9, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project The Itch to Twitch: The Effects of DNA, DNase and Degraded DNA on Twitching Motility in Acinetobacter baylyi. Rebecca took 2nd Place in Microbiology at CSEF.
Michael Brady, grade 12, from Centennial, CO with the project Effects of Scaling a Microbial Fuel Cell. Michael took 4th Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.
Audra Burke, from Rush, CO & Jason Mackay, from Yoder, CO, grade 12, with the project Testing the Significance of Racial, Age and Gender Descriptors in Relation to Personal Interaction.
Logan Collins, grade 11, from Boulder, CO with the project The Conjugative Plasmid RK2 as a Delivery System for Artificial AnatheriaH Genes: A Novel Synthetic Biology Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics. Logan took 1st Place in Microbiology and was the 1st Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.
Tara Cook, grade 12, from Atwood, CO with the project A Study of Pseudomonas putida as a Viable Biofertilizer for Crops in Soils with High Salinity. Tara took 2nd Place in Plant Sciences at CSEF.
Mitchell Fosdick, grade 9, from Fowler, CO with the project Phase II: Identification of Isolates of Algae and Biofuel Properties. Mitchell received an Honorable Mention in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.
Matthew Hileman, grade 10, from Monument, CO with the project Cube Satellites: Miniature Satellite Design and Operations for Pulsed Plasma System Applications. Matthew took 1st Place in Engineering and was the 3rd Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.
Mary Hood, grade 10, from Alamosa, CO with the project Hit Me with Your Best Shot: An Arduino Controlled Training Platform for Child Martial Artists. Mary took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF.
Jennifer Jones, grade 11, from Fort Lupton, CO with the project Creating Permutations for Actions on Young Tableaux.
Roshni Kalkur, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project The Impact of Deuterium Oxide on the Cell Cycle of RBL Cells Via Tubulin-Mediated Antimitotic Action. Roshni took 4th Place in Medicine & Health at CSEF.
Nurul MohdReza, grade 12, from Evans, CO with the project Year II: Domestic Wastewater Clarification and Power Generation - Increasing the Conductivity of Permeated Electrodes in a Single-Celled Microbial Fuel Cell. Nurul took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF and was the 2nd Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.
Jacob Nichols, grade 12, from Brush, CO with the project An Application of Calculus Principles to Icicle Volume.
Tayler Rocha, grade 12, from Monte Vista, CO with the project A Potential Management Strategy for the Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher: Effects of Early Season Wildfire on Foraging and Nesting Riparian Habitat. Tayler took 2nd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.
Rachel Rossi, grade12, from Durango, CO with the project Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Remediation in Water: Exploration of Mycoremediation Capabilities of Fungi. Rachel took 3rd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.
Merrit Singley, grade 10, from Merino, CO with the project Effect of Frequency on Wave Formation in Sugar Water Mixtures of Vairous Specific Gravities. Merrit took 2nd Place in Physics at CSEF.
Sarah Stalcup, grade 12, from Delta, CO with the project Riparian Area Multiple Indicator Monitoring.
Apurva Subramanian, grade 12, from Greenwood Village, CO with the project Use of Shape Memory Polymers for Neonatal Endotracheal Tubes. Apurva did not compete at the CSEF.
Hope Weinstein, grade 12, from Boulder, CO with the project Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticle Enhanced Membrances for Water Filtration: Optimizing Casting Parameters for Global Applications. Hope took 1st Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.
Jesse Zhang, grade 11, from Broomfield, CO with the project Lunar Tide Contribution to Thermosphere Weather. Jesse took 3rd Place in Earth & Space Sciences at CSEF.
Lawrence Zhang, grade 12, from Lafayette, CO with the project Suppression of Malonyl-CoA:ACP Transacylase as a Treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Lawrence took 1st Place in Medicine & Health and was the 4th Place Best Senior Division Project at CSEF.
Jaimie Zhu, grade 12, from Lafayette, CO with the project Sugar Synthesis and the Effect of Glycosylation on Chemotaxis. Jaimie took 2nd Place in Chemistry at CSEF.
Grand (Place) Award Winners
Logan Collins from Fairview High School won $5,000 (Top of Category) and $3,000 (1st Place) in the Microbiology category. Logan also won the Dudley R. Herschback SIYSS Award - a trip to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Sweden.
Rebecca Bloomfield from Palmer High School won $3,000 (1st Place) in the Microbiology category.
Jesse Zhang from Fairview High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Earth & Planetary Sciences category.
Nurul MohdReza from Union Colony Charter School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Energy & Transportation category.
Hope Weinstein from Fairview High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in the Environmental Sciences category.
Rachel Rossi from Durango High School won $500 (4th Place) in the Environmental Management category.
Matthew Hileman from The Classical Academy College Pathways won $500 (4th Place) in the Electrical & Mechanical Engineering category.
Special Award Winners
Jesse Zhang won $1,000 (3rd Place) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He also won a renewable scholarship from Arizona State University. Jesse also received a trip to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair and an Honorable Mention from the American Meteorological Society.
Logan Collins won $1,000 (Top Award) from the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Logan also won $400 (5th Place) from the American Society for Microbiology.
Matthew Hileman won $1,500 (1st Place) from the International Council on Systems Engineering.