2014 Intel ISEF - Texas Award Winners

May 16, 2014 | |

The state of Texas is proud of all of our students who participated at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 11th - 16th in Los Angeles, CA.  A combined winning effort of 46 grand and special awards totalling over $83,000 in scholarships and prizes!  We congratulate and celebrate our ISEF participants!  Special thanks to to all of our Regional Fair Directors and staff, teachers, parents, mentors, and students!

 

Austin, USTX13 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

 

Chemistry: Third Award of $1,000

CH303            On the Synthesis and Predictive Modeling of Thermostable Pigments Utilizing Silica Extracted from Rice Husk Biowastes

Caroline Fang Gao, 16, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas

Lily Xu, 17, Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin, Texas

Susan Xu, 16, Kingwood High School, Kingwood, Texas

 

Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering: Second Award of $1,500

EN014             Optimizing Natural Gas Separation and the Haber-Bosch Process with Thermally Rearranged Polymers: Effects of Morphology and Chemical Structure on Free Volume and Transport Properties of HAB-6FDA Structures

Advaith Anand, 17, Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin, Texas

 

Physics and Astronomy: Third Award of $1,000

PH013             Nova Delphini 2013: A Backyard Analysis of a Classical Nova

Piper Michelle Reid, 17, Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas

 

American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society

AAPT is the premier global professional society established to advance the greater good through physics education. With the support of our members worldwide, AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers who will inspire tomorrow's leaders and decision makers. For additional  information their companion sponsor, the American Physical Society, visit http://www.aps.org.

Second Award of $800

PH013             Nova Delphini 2013: A Backyard Analysis of a Classical Nova

Piper Michelle Reid, 17, Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas

 

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

The Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) is a leading research center in Trento, Italy. WebValley is the FBK Summer School program for interdisciplinary scientific research. A team of enthusiastic and motivated high school students and FBK researchers accepts a project challenge, this year on a novel web platform for studying microbiomes in children. FBK's Board of Directors will award 4 Intel ISEF finalists full fellowships, including travel to Italy, to be part of the WebValley team in June 2014.

Award to Travel to Trento, Italy to participate in summer school "Web Valley"

MI013             A Novel Response to Antibiotic Resistance: Application of Microparticles and AC Currents

                       Pia Sen, 17, Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin, Texas

Finalists must meet eligibility requirements for travel, and return documentation promptly to be considered. A valid passport is required for travel and visit to Italy.

 

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of fall 2015. At USciences, we are building on a life sciences legacy started almost two centuries ago as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. From treating, researching, and studying diseases and cures on a molecular level to the medicines that improve lives worldwide, USciences is about moving life forward.

Tuition Scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years.

MI013             A Novel Response to Antibiotic Resistance: Application of Microparticles and AC Currents

Pia Sen, 17, Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin, Texas

Scholarships are to be allocated toward tuition only and become effective upon enrollment in any undergraduate or first-professional program offered at University of the Sciences. Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the recipient is enrolled as a full time undergraduate or first-professional student in good academic standing with the University.

 

Dallas, USTX01, Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Biochemistry: First Award of $3,000

BI001              Organic Foods? Buy or Bypass: A Comparative Study Analyzing the Effects of Pesticides on Nutritional Content, Heavy Metal Toxicity and Pesticide-Induced Diseases

Ria Chhabra, 17, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Chemistry: Second Award of $1,500

CH301            Synthesis of Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas (PMOs) for Radiotherapeutic and Chemotherapeutic Treatments

Jessica Hong, 17, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas

Alicia Danielle DSouza, 16, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Energy and Transportation: Fourth Award of $500

ET002             Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: New Structures and Components for Greater Efficiency

Mokshin Suri, 17, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Medicine and Health Sciences: Second Award of $1,500

ME003            The Use of MnSOD in Combined Modality Therapy to Sensitize Lung Cancer Cells to Ionizing Radiation and Chemotherapy

Ahneesh Jayant Mohanty, 17, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Plant Sciences: Third Award of $1,000

PS301              Enhanced Third-Generation Biofuel Production from Genetically Modified Algae

Wenjia (Dara) Li, 16, Jasper High School, Plano, Texas

Anoop Vemulapalli, 16, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

 Arizona State University

Arizona State University is pleased to offer a comprehensive scholarship combining a monetary award and an environment focusing on knowledge, learning and research. The New American University Scholarship is renewable for four years. Individuals and teams were considered for these awards.

New American University Provost Scholarship

PS301              Enhanced Third-Generation Biofuel Production from Genetically Modified Algae

Wenjia (Dara) Li, 16, Jasper High School, Plano, Texas

Anoop Vemulapalli, 16, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas

Students must be admitted as undergraduate students in a degree seeking program immediately following their graduation from secondary school. The award amount is equal to the New American University Provost Scholarship; differentiated amounts exist for Arizona residents and non residents.

 

Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation

AVASC is an educational and medical service foundation dedicated to recognizing academic talent and providing services to the needy. AVASC will award projects that display outstanding creativity, ingenuity, and have the potential to alleviate the human condition or mark a substantive advancement in the scientific field.

First Award of $1,000 U.S. savings bond

MA001            A Novel Mathematical Simulation to Study the Dynamics of CD4 Cells, CD8 Cells, and HIV Viral Load

Nirali Kunjan Thakor, 16, Shepton High School, Plano, Texas

 

Mu Alpha Theta, National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society

The Society was formed over 50 years ago to develop strong scholarship in Mathematics and to promote the understanding and enjoyment of the subject. The Mu Alpha Theta Award is given to the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to high school students. Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation.

First Award of $1,500

MA001            A Novel Mathematical Simulation to Study the Dynamics of CD4 Cells, CD8 Cells, and HIV Viral Load

Nirali Kunjan Thakor, 16, Shepton High School, Plano, Texas

 

Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions whose integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently. Ricoh has a long-standing environmental mission and commitment to sustainability, bringing corporate, social and environmental responsibilities into balance. Ricoh has been creating green technology and environment management systems that promote sustainability for more than three decades. As a leader in its industry, Ricoh is consistently ranked high among the world’s corporations for successfully balancing profit with environmental responsibility.

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award of $12,500

PS301              Enhanced Third-Generation Biofuel Production from Genetically Modified Algae

Wenjia (Dara) Li, 16, Jasper High School, Plano, Texas

Anoop Vemulapalli, 16, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Fort Worth, USTX03, Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Computer Science: Third Award of $1,000

CS015             Detecting Heart Disease Faster

Jiacheng Jason He, 16, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 

Microbiology: Third Award of $1,000

MI010             The Inception of Infection II: The Antimicrobial and Synergistic Efficiency of Antibiotic Ethambutol and Isoniazid and Bacteriophage D29 in Treating a Model Organism for Tuberculosis

Lucy Cai, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. Annually SPIE provides more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs.

Honorable Mention

EE018             Principles of Electrowetting on Liquid Prism Beam-Steering Module

Christopher Y. Shen, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 

Houston, USTX05, Science Engineering Fair of Houston

 

London International Youth Science Forum - The Philip V. Streich Memorial Award

The London International Youth Science Forum is a two-week program held annually for 300 young scientists from more than 50 countries. LIYSF offers a unique opportunity to participate in an international event attracting science students from around the world. Philip V. Streich was an alumnus of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2007 and 2008; and he won third place at the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, both programs of the Society for Science & the Public.

Participation in the two week London International Youth Science Forum July 23 - August 6, 2014

 EV028             Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Perry Alagappan, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

This two-week summer experience that gathers high-achieving students from around the world embodies Philip's spirit of social gathering around the sciences.

 

Behavioral and Social Sciences: First Award of $3,000

BE015             Role of Somatostatin Interneurons in Alzheimer's Disease

Divya Koyyalagunta, 18, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Computer Science: Second Award of $1,500

CS031             Train the Artificial Brain II: Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Treatment Plan of Alzheimer's Disease using Neural Networks

Roma Vivek Pradhan, 17, Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas

 

Energy and Transportation:Third Award of $1,000

ET030             Riding the Wave: Energy in Motion

Matthew Caffet, 17, The Academy of Science and Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas

 

Environmental Sciences: Intel ISEF Best of Category Award of $5,000

EV028             Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Perry Alagappan, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Environmental Sciences: First Award of $3,000

EV028             Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Perry Alagappan, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Physics and Astronomy: Third Award of $1,000

PH029             Trapped Field Superconducting Magnets

Kavita Anjali Selva, 14, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $446 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $550 million since 1952. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have contributed $38 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world focusing on Environment and Education. Through this work, Alcoa Foundation is building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow's leaders.

The Future of Transportation, Third Award $1,000

PH305             Holes Can Lift: A Continuing Study of the Separation Effects of Airfoil Slots

Sarah Nicole Hancock, 16, Clear Horizons Early College High School, Houston, Texas

Kate Rutherford, 17, Clear Horizons Early College High School, Houston, Texas

 

American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society

AAPT is the premier global professional society established to advance the greater good through physics education. With the support of our members worldwide, AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers who will inspire tomorrow's leaders and decision makers. For additional  information their companion sponsor, the American Physical Society, visit http://www.aps.org.

Third Award of $500

PH305             Holes Can Lift: A Continuing Study of the Separation Effects of Airfoil Slots

Sarah Nicole Hancock, 16, Clear Horizons Early College High School, Houston, Texas

Kate Rutherford, 17, Clear Horizons Early College High School, Houston, Texas

 

American Physiological Society

The American Physiological Society (APS) is a nonprofit devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members and today has more than 10,500 members. APS participates as a Special Awards Sponsor for the Intel ISEF. Each year, the APS recognizes outstanding high school research projects in life sciences. Four students receive cash awards and a year's subscription to the APS journal, "Physiology."

First Award of $1,500

BE015             Role of Somatostatin Interneurons in Alzheimer's Disease

Divya Koyyalagunta, 18, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

International Council on Systems Engineering - INCOSE

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. INCOSE will award the best interdisciplinary project that can produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.

Certificate of Honorable Mention

CS031             Train the Artificial Brain II: Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Treatment Plan of Alzheimer's Disease using Neural Networks

Roma Vivek Pradhan, 17, Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas

 

Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Founded in 1955, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization of flight test pilots and astronauts promoting air safety and education in the design and flight test of aerospace vehicles. SETP's membership extends across 30 countries worldwide, comprised of more than 2,400 active and retired test pilots representing all types of aerospace vehicles, military and civilian.

Third Award of $300

PH030             The Optimization of Rocket Nozzle Performance

Jamie Christine McCullough, 17, Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas

 

San Antonio, USTX11, Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Energy and Transportation: Fourth Award of $500

ET009             A Novel Single Compartment Concentration Cell Powered by Natural Evaporation for Green Energy Harvesting and Storage, Year Two

Andrew Yang, 17, Health Careers High School, San Antonio, Texas

 

Environmental Sciences: First Award of $3,000

EV006             An Investigation of the Consequences of Aquatic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Exposure Concerning Daphnia magna at Varying Concentrations

Jonathan James McCutchen, 14, Keystone School, San Antonio, Texas

 

Medicine and Health Sciences: Third Award of $1,000

ME009            Seeking a Cure II: Targeting ERß in a Novel Cost-Effective Treatment for Ovarian Epithelial Cancer

Jocelyn Elizabeth Hernandez, 17, STEM Academy at Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, Texas

 

Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Founded in 1955, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization of flight test pilots and astronauts promoting air safety and education in the design and flight test of aerospace vehicles. SETP's membership extends across 30 countries worldwide, comprised of more than 2,400 active and retired test pilots representing all types of aerospace vehicles, military and civilian.

Certificate of Honorable Mention

EE011             Aircraft Propeller Noise Reduction Using Owl Feather Inspired Notching

David Alexander Ferrill, Jr., 16, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas

 All honorees receive a certificate of recognition, book and guest invitation to the annual Symposium.

 

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of fall 2015. At USciences, we are building on a life sciences legacy started almost two centuries ago as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. From treating, researching, and studying diseases and cures on a molecular level to the medicines that improve lives worldwide, USciences is about moving life forward.

Tuition Scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years.

ME009            Seeking a Cure II: Targeting ERß in a Novel Cost-Effective Treatment for Ovarian Epithelial Cancer

Jocelyn Elizabeth Hernandez, 17, STEM Academy at Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, Texas

Scholarships are to be allocated toward tuition only and become effective upon enrollment in any undergraduate or first-professional program offered at University of the Sciences. Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the recipient is enrolled as a full time undergraduate or first-professional student in good academic standing with the University.

 

San Antonio, USTX50, ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair

 

Earth & Planetary Sciences: Third Award of $1,000

EA015             Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location Prediction

William Wu, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Energy and Transportation: Second Award of $1,500

ET044             The Cooling of Solar Panels to Increase Power Output

Christopher Rafael Botello, 15, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas

 

Mathematical Sciences: Fourth Award of $500

MA032            A Monte Carlo Protein Folding Simulation using Energy Optimization with Novel Applications to Alzheimer's Disease Research

Niranjan Balachandar, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 

Microbiology: Second Award of $1,500

MI039             What’s on the Menu: Identification of the Hydrocarbon Transport Systems as a First Step in Marine Oil-Degradation by Alcanivorax borkumensis

Swapnav Deka, 17, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Microbiology: Fourth Award of $500

MI038             Inhibition of Host-Cell Endosomal Acidification by H1N1 Influenza

Alex White, 17, Uplift North Hills Preparatory, Irving, Texas

 

American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society Education Division promotes excellence in science education and science literacy through a number of activities supporting teachers and learners of chemistry. Through its participation in Intel ISEF, ACS encourages and supports high school students in their exploration of the chemical sciences through research experiences.

Fourth Award of $1,000

MA032            A Monte Carlo Protein Folding Simulation using Energy Optimization with Novel Applications to Alzheimer's Disease Research

Niranjan Balachandar, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 

American Meteorological Society

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is the nation's leading scientific and professional society advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society. Founded in 1919, the AMS has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS offers numerous scholarships and fellowships to support students pursuing careers in the field.

First Award of $2,000

EA015             Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location Prediction

William Wu, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. Having developed science education programs, CAST supports youth and adolescents in becoming citizens with high scientific literacy. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students' work in all scientific disciplines.

Award of $ 1,200

MA032            A Monte Carlo Protein Folding Simulation using Energy Optimization with Novel Applications to Alzheimer's Disease Research

Niranjan Balachandar, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas

 MI039             What’s on the Menu: Identification of the Hydrocarbon Transport Systems as a First Step in Marine Oil-Degradation by Alcanivorax borkumensis

Swapnav Deka, 17, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

A Washington, DC based nonprofit organization that represents 102 of the leading public and private ocean research educational institutions, aquaria and industry; working to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The Organization also manages ocean research and education programs in scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration and ocean partnerships. Awards will be given to the best projects in ocean sciences, in the areas of oil spill related science, marine geosciences, and overall ocean exploration and conservation.

Award of $2,000 for a project in oil spill related science, projects focusing on the ocean or coasts.

MI039             What’s on the Menu: Identification of the Hydrocarbon Transport Systems as a First Step in Marine Oil-Degradation by Alcanivorax borkumensis

Swapnav Deka, 17, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas

 

International Council on Systems Engineering - INCOSE

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. INCOSE will award the best interdisciplinary project that can produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.

Certificate of Honorable Mention

ET044             The Cooling of Solar Panels to Increase Power Output

Christopher Rafael Botello, 15, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas

 

K. T. Li Foundation Special Award

Established in 1956, the National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC) is the only national center for science education in the country. The Center’s permanent exhibition area displays rich contents related to Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and the Earth Sciences, and the NTSEC also hosts the most up-to-date science exhibitions in collaboration with other international and domestic museums.

Trip to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair

EA015             Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location Prediction

William Wu, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

Monsanto Company

Monsanto is focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.

Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science Second Award of $1,500

PS026              The Effect of Nitrogen-Rich Fertilizers on the Growth and Yield of Cotton Plants

Lindsay M. Northcut, 18, Christ the King Cathedral School, Lubbock, Texas

The first and second placed winners of the Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science will be flown to visit and present at Monsanto in St. Louis.

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the United States government agency with a mission of science, service, and stewardship. Its mission touches the lives of every American, protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. NOAA recognizes outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences with cash awards and a first prize summer internship.

A fully paid summer internship at a NOAA research lab, plus a $500 monetary award.

EA015             Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location Prediction

William Wu, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas

 

United Airlines Foundation

For more than 60 years, the United Airlines Foundation has served as the charitable wing of United Airlines, Inc. The Foundation's International Program grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives. In addition, we support community service grants for arts and culture, health and environmental initiatives.

Third Award of $1,500

EA015             Geographic Belts for Hurricane Landfall Location Prediction

William Wu, 17, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas


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