Intel International Science And Engineering
Fair Awards More Than $2 Million In Scholarships And Prizes To Students
From 40 Countries
Teens from Florida and Ohio Win $40,000
Scholarships at 51st Intel ISEF
DETROIT, Mich., May 12, 2000 - The Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest
pre-college science competition, today recognized some of the world's brightest
high school students for their scientific achievements with more than $2
million in scholarships and awards. Coming from 40 countries, 1,223 students
ages 13 to 20 were judged on their creative ability, scientific thought,
as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.
The top Intel ISEF prize, the $40,000
Intel Young Scientist Scholarship, was awarded to Jason L. Douglas, 18,
from Cincinnati Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio; Nazanin Jouei,
18, from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla.; and Karen Kay Powell,
16, from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla.
For his physics project, entitled "Discrete
Electron Density Theory Finite Tensor Solutions to Schrodinger's Equation,"
Douglas developed a theory which mathematically explains the energy in
atoms and can help better understand the world around us. Jouei's chemistry
project, "Mechanisms of the Photoisomerization of Conjugated Dienes as
a Model for the Primary Visual Event," worked with the chemistry of sight.
She found a subtle chemical change that may help better explain vision.
Powell's project, entitled "A Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) for Fat," studied
the relationship between chemicals, genes and behavior. She found that
chemical PNA can be used to regulate genes and, therefore, modify appetite.
A high-resolution photo is available
Other Winning Students
Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Prize Visit
Award: Garrett J. Young, 17, a home schooled student from Branchburg,
N.J., won for his physics project titled "Isolating Plasma Species Initiating
Internal Electrostatic Fields for Plasma Heating." Young found a way to
increase the temperature of plasma in an efficient way. The impact of his
work may make energy from fusion more accessible in the future. Nazanin
Jouei, 18, from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., won for her chemistry
project titled "Mechanisms of the Photoisomerization of Conjugated Dienes
as a Model for the Primary Visual Event." These students will travel to
the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden in December 2000.
European Union Contest for Young Scientist
Award: Travis Michael Beamish, 18, and Avaleigh Nora Milne, 18, both
from Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston, Ontario,
Canada won for their botany project titled "Effects of Anesthetics on Channel
Systems in Soybean Plants: Two-Year Study." The two will travel to this
European Union science contest in Amsterdam in September 2000.
Ireland Young Scientist and Technology
Exhibit: Joseph E. Pechter, 18, and William H. Pechter, 18, both from
Saint Edward's School in Vero Beach, Fla., won for their computer science
project titled "Hybrid Text to Speech 2000: Phase II." They will travel
to Ireland in January 2001 for this fair.
Intel ISEF Best of Category Awards-The
following students each received a $5,000 award for earning the highest
ratings in their project categories:
Behavioral and Social Sciences - Kathy
Hsinjung Li, 17, from Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, for her
project titled "Patterns, Pressure and Preference Influence of Social Pressure
and Mathematical Patterns on Musical Preference in Adolescents."
Biochemistry - Joel Lewis Stevens, 17,
from The Academy of Sciences and Technology in Conroe, Texas, for his project
titled "DNA Computation of a Subset Sum: Phase II."
Botany, presented by the Environmental
Protection Agency - Yu-Jen Lee, 18, from National Hsiu-chu Senior High
School in Hsiu-Chu, Chinese Taipei, for the project titled "Sex Organ Development
and Interbreeding Mechanisms of Cyathea Spinulosa."
Chemistry, presented by the Rohm and Haas
Company - Nazanin Jouei, 18, from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla.,
for her project titled "Mechanisms of the Photoisomerization of Conjugated
Dienes as a Model for the Primary Visual Event."
Computer Science - Robert Y. Wang, 16,
from Conway High School in Conway, Ariz., for his project titled "View-Dependent
Continuous Level of Detail by Multiresolution Analysis."
Earth and Space Sciences, presented by
Scientific American - Jay Lawrence Michaels, 18, from Cocoa High
School in Cocoa, Fla., for his project titled "Pulsecellular Tornadogenesis:
Engineering - Ryan Randall Patterson,
16, from Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo., for his project
titled "Sleuthbot Robotic Search Tool."
Environmental Sciences, presented by the
Environmental Protection Agency - Crystal Lynn Gammon, 17, from School
of the Osage in Kaiser, Mo., for her project titled "Effects of Ivermectin
on Dung Fauna Diversity."
Gerontology, presented by the AARP Andrus
Foundation - Benjamin Charles Beranek, 16, Jefferson High School in Lafayette,
Ind., for his project titled "Influence of Sex Hormones on Development
of Bone Cancer."
Mathematics, presented by the Panasonic
Consumer Electronics Company - Ching Tang Chen, 15, from Taipei Municipal
Chien-Kuo Senior High School in Taipei, Chinese Taipei, for the project
titled "C-Transformation Introduction of a New Geometric Transformation."
Medicine and Health presented by Merck
Research Laboratories - Joshua Michael Levy, 18, from Quince Orchard High
School in Gaithersburg, Md., for his project titled "mtCLIC p53 and TNF-ALPHA
Regulated Mitochondrial Chloride Channel Involved in Apoptosis."
Microbiology - Linda J. Arnade, 17, Palm
Bay High School in Melbourne, Fla., for her project titled "Analyzing for
a Correlation Between Chlamydia Pneumoniae and Nitric Oxide in the Development
of Atherosclerosis and Creation of New Clinical Diagnostic Scales and Mathematical
Models: Multi-Phase Investigation."
Physics - Michael T. Hasper, 17, from
Maclay High School in Tallahassee, FL for his project titled "Violin Bridge:Will
the Stradivarius Legend Continue?"
Zoology - Kerry Ann Geiler, 17, from Massapequa
High School in Massapequa, N.Y. for her project titled "Ants Go Marching
Two by Two: Multivariate Analysis of the Physical and Chemical Communication
of Formicidae Species."
Team Project, presented by Science
News - Travis Michael Beamish, 18, and Avaleigh Nora Milne, 18, from
Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
for their project titled "Effects of Anesthetics on Channel Systems in
Soybean Plants: Two-Year Study."
Best Use of a Personal Computer Award
- Each of the following recipients will receive a high-performance mobile
computer with an Intel® Pentium® III processor featuring Intel®
Eser Kubali Chamoglu, 17, Horace Mann
School in Bronx, N.Y. for the project titled "Qbots System for Developing
Mobile Robot Software in Less Time for Less Cost."
Jason L. Douglas, 18, from Cincinnati
Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio, for his project titled "Discrete
Electron Density Theory Finite Tensor Solutions to Schrodinger's Equation."
Ryan Randall Patterson, 16, Central High
School in Grand Junction, Colo., for his project titled "Sleuthbot Robotic
Lauren Beth Sendek, 18, from McKeesport
Area Senior High School in McKeesport, Pa., for her project titled "Gems
Genetically-Evolved Molecular Structures."
Robert Y. Wang, 16, from Conway High School
in Conway, Ariz., for his project titled "View-Dependent Continuous Level
of Detail by Multiresolution Analysis."
Awards to Schools, Fair Directors and
As part of Intel's commitment to improving
science and math education worldwide, schools and fair directors whose
finalists win the Intel Young Scientist Scholarship, Best of Category and
First Place category awards at the Intel ISEF 2000 will each receive $1,000
to benefit science and math education and encourage more student involvement
in science. The school award is targeted to support each school's science
and math education programs. The fair director award is used to support
the regional administration of the Intel ISEF and to encourage more student
participation in Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs in particular regions.
In addition, teachers were nominated
by their peers and affiliated fair directors to receive the Intel Excellence
in Teaching Award. Recipients were selected based on demonstrated excellence
in supporting the teaching and learning of science. Awards range from $1,000
to $5,000. Marcus Friskop, from Hankinson Public School in Hankinson, N.D.
won the top award of $5,000.
For a complete list of student, teacher,
school and fair director award recipients, visit www.sciserv.org/isef.
The Intel ISEF has been coordinated for
the past 51 years by Science Service, a non-profit organization dedicated
to advancing the understanding and appreciation of science among people
of all ages through publications and educational programs. Each year a
volunteer host committee representing the host city raises funds to sponsor
events throughout the fair.
For more information on Science Service
and the Intel ISEF, see www.sciserv.org.
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dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science and technology
in education. The goal is to prepare today's teachers and students for
tomorrow's demands. Intel develops and supports education programs that
help meet the needs of students and communities worldwide through improving
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through the effective use of technology in classrooms; and broadening access
to technology and technical careers.
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