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2019 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

Adams State University awarded seven $5,000 Porter Scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded seven $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships. Colorado State University awarded 13 $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships to each of the 1st place senior division category winners who were eligible. Colorado State University, Pueblo awarded one $1,000 tuition scholarship. The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair also awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a twelfth grader in the name of Ryan Patterson (Intel ISEF top winner in 2001) for use at the college or university of their choice.

The Pioneers of Science Awards are named after famous scientists and are sponsored and judged by members of the Board of Directors. The winners for 2019 were:

  • Temple Grandin Award: Kaylee Anderson from Cardinal Community Academy in Keensburg, grade 8, for the project Color Me Hungry
  • Margaret Mead Award: Eliazar Maldonado from Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences - Jones in Pueblo, grade 8, for the project Abstract Art
  • Tracy Caldwell Dyson Award: Shelby Nice from The Classical Academy in The Classical Academy, grade 7, for the project Do Granite Countertops Affect the Shelf Life of Produce?
  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindburger Award: Erica Miller home schooled in Sanford, grade 6, for the project Where ON the World Am I?
  • James Halsell Award: Zora Malone from Corwin International Magnet School in Pueblo, grade 6, for the project Gardner's Cell Phone Battery
  • Michael James Massimino Award: Teagan Archer from Mancos Middle School in Mancos, grade 6, for the project Clean Teeth Candy
  • Mary Cleave Award: Luci Bruchez from West Grand Middle School in Kremmling, grade 6, for the project Fire Frenzy
  • Steven Ray Swanson Award: Chance Hill from Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland, grade 8, for the project Hey Google, Are You Spying on Me?
  • Kjell Lindgren Award: Ethan Augerot from Corwin International Magnet School in Pueblo, grade 6, for the project How Sweet Is It?
  • Kathleen Rubins Award:Talia Moore from Blevins Middle School in Fort Collins, grade 8, for the project Comparison of Household Pet Saliva Bacteria
  • Sally Ride Award: M J Kenney from Arickaree School in Anton, grade 7, for the project Pongs Away!
  • Luther Burbank Award: Trenton Paskett from Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 7, for the project Wildfires to Wild Flowers

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, was Annette Humphrey from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Denver. Ms. Humphrey received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in her classroom and school.

The other nominees for the award were Shawndra Fordham from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch and Yajaira Fuentes Tauber from Northridge High School in Greeley.

The 64th Annual Colorado Science & Engineering Fair was held at the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University - Fort Collins campus on April 11 - 13, 2019.

This year, 374 Colorado students presented 316 projects from 112 schools and 13 regions within the state. More than 200 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 70 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 250 of their own representatives to judge exhibits based on their own criteria. They interviewed the student finalists and conferred Special Awards that included college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash, and savings bonds. Over 1,200 people attended the Award Ceremony this year.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award and Special Award winners or print an official 2019 Press Release.

The 2019 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 27 sponsors. Sponsors included 4 Diamond Sponsors (providing over $10,000), 3 Platinum Sponsor (providing between $5,000 - $9,999), 2 Gold Sponsors (providing between $2,500 - $4,999), 9 Silver Sponsor (providing between $1,000 - $2,499), 1 Bronze Sponsor (providing between $750 - $999) and 8 Copper Sponsors (providing between $500 - $749). In addition, there were 7 company contributors (less than $500 each) and 31 individual contributors.

This year, the CSEF hosted a showing of the National Geographic documentary film "Science Fair" followed by a panel of previous Intel ISEF participants (student and teacher).

About the Film:
Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW. National Geographic Documentary Films' SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The [Intel] International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

About the Panel:
Loree' Harvey is a teacher at Monte Vista High School and was the CSEF Teacher of the Year in 2014. Loree' has sponsored many middle and high school students over the years and many of them have attended the Intel ISEF.

Molly Nehring is a senior at Monte Vista High School , was the 3rd Place Senior Division Best of CSEF award winner in 2017 and an Intel ISEF finalist in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Casey Shaw is a freshman at Colorado State University from Joes, Colorado, was the 5th Place Senior Division Best of CSEF award winner in 2018 and an Intel ISEF finalist in 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.

The top 5 Senior Division project exhibitors (individual or team) won a trip to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, AZ May 12 - 17, 2019:

  • 1st Place - Krithik Ramesh from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project Utilizing Computer Vision Systems and Machine Learning to Develop a Live Time Navigational and Surgical Aid for Spinal Reconstructions.
  • 2nd Place - Anudeep Golla from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 11, for the project Discovery of Hiddne Gene Regulators: A Novel Machine Learning Appraoch to Transcriptional Pause Site.
  • 3rd Place - Sara Nehring from Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 10, for the project Pattern Recognition Using Neural Networks in the MATLAB Programming Environment.
  • 4th Place - Joy Ma from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 11, for the project Nanoscale Optical Probing of Two-Dimensional Heterostructures Suspended on Nano-Slits.
  • 5th Place - Charles Wang from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, grade 10, & Suhaas Narayanan from Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, grade 11, for the project A Novel Synthesis of 3,5-Disubstituted Δ2-Isoxazoline as a Precursor to Various Diabetic Medications.

Read more about the full Intel ISEF Colorado Delegation here.

All 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for the national Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition. Read more about the Semi-Finalists and Finalists here.

The winner of the Ralph Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Madeleine Nagle from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 11, for the project Radiation at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

The winner of the Elemer Bernath Technical Writing Award was Cora Schrock from Arickaree School in Anton, grade 8, for the project Grass vs. Grain Fed: A Comparison of TAC.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Angel Castillo, West Grand High School in Kremmling.

 

The Senior Division Student Choice Award winner was Abby Klapp, grade 9 from Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, for the project Sport Climbing: The Impact on Spatial Awareness.

The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Carson Mead, grade 7 from Turner Middle School in Berthoud, for the project Time Dripping Away.

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