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Intel ISEF 2014 Special Award Winners

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May 15, 2014, Los Angeles, California – Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced the Special Awards of the Intel ISEF 2014. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2014 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

Acoustical Society of America

The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.
First Award of $1,500
ME305 The Physiological Effects of Noise Pollution on the Cardiovascular System of D. melanogaster
Marcelo Ferrari, 18, Bancroft School, Worcester, Massachusetts
Akanksh Chaudhary, 17, Bancroft School, Worcester, Massachusetts
Second Award of $500
EN029 Ultrasound-responsive Nanoparticles for Neurotherapeutic Delivery
Shelby Chi Yuan, 17, University High School, Tucson, Arizona
The first place award winner’s school will be awarded $500 and the student’s mentor will be awarded $250. The second place award winner’s school will be awarded $200 and the student’s mentor will be awarded $100. Each winner will also receive a one-year ASA membership.

ADA Foundation

As dentistry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, the ADA Foundation (ADAF) is a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better oral health. The ADAF Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (formerly Paffenbarger Research Center) in Gaithersburg, MD, is hailed as one of the most productive dental research centers in the world. The ADAF’s Mission Pillars include Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E.).
First Award of $2,000
MI022 Development of in vitro Multispecies Biofilms with Hydroxyapatite and Artificial Saliva
Terry Gwen Ni, 16, Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts
Second Award of $1,000
ME102 The Antimicrobial Efficacy of Nitric Oxide based on Release Rate from Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles on A. actinomycetemcomitans and S. mutans
Shraddha Rathod, 18, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina
Third Award of $500
ME029 Killed by Sweetness
Karishma Sunil Patel, 15, Grants High School, Grants, New Mexico

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, First Award of $2,500
EE061 Electromagnetic Tire Propulsion System
Alexander William Beall, 17, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Maryland
The Future of Transportation, Second Award of $1,500
PH315 Flexible Shape Changing (Morphing) Wing
Judah Khary Brooks, 17, From the Heart Christian School, Suitland, Maryland
Moises Diaz, 17, From the Heart Christian School, Suitland, Maryland
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
Assembly and Joining in the 21st Century, First Award $2,500
EE031 Breaking Point
Danika Louw, 14, Holy Spirit Catholic High School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Assembly and Joining in the 21st Century, Second Award $1,500
EE081 Unlock Anywhere
Ethan James Anderson, 16, Fort Wayne Area Home School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Assembly and Joining in the 21st Century, Third Award of $1,000
EN051 Deposition of Carbon on Copper Wire: A New Process for the Fabrication of Carbon Microtubes
Burhan Azeem, 17, Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island, New York

 

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a professional scientific organization of approximately 11,000 members dedicated to the discovery, development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and therapies through advances of science and technology. AAPS provides an international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health. We offer timely scientific programs, ongoing education, opportunities for networking, and professional development.
First Award of $2,000
ME315 Rational Discovery and Optimization of Synergistic Chemotherapy Combinations: A Novel Framework Integrating Gene Perturbation Analysis and Machine Learning Algorithms
Steven Michael Wang, 17, The Harker School, San Jose, California
Andrew Cheng Jin, 17, The Harker School, San Jose, California
Second Award of $1,000
BI013 Novel Inorganic Metallacarborane Inhibitors of HIV-1 Protease
Robin Krystufek, 18, Gymnazium Na Vitezne Plani, Prague 4, Czech Republic
Third Award of $500
CS065 Search Engine to Map FDA Approved Drugs to Diseases Based on Microarray Data Mined from GEO
Axel Stephan Feldmann, 17, Hunter College High School, New York, New York
Fourth Award of $250
CB043 A Novel Approach for Metastatic Breast Cancer Therapy: Pharmacological Inhibition of EZH2 Histone Methyl Transferase Activity Suppresses Cancer Stem Cells and Induces Epithelial Phenotype
Sara Sakowitz, 18, The Brearley School, New York, New York
ME073 Investigating the Opposing Roles of Oncoprotein gC1qR and Tumor Suppressive cC1qR as Mechanisms for Inhibiting Cancer Pathogenesis
Emily M. Pang, 17, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, California
The winners will also receive a certificate, a one-year membership in the association including three AAPS journals, reduced rates for meetings and numerous educational materials.

 

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 www.aps.org.
First Award of $1,200
PH041 Spectral Smartphone: Rapid Prototyping Mobile Platform Diffraction Spectrophotometry
Allen Jiang, 16, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
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
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
Certificate of Honorable Mention
PH007 Rocks of the Rainbow: Asteroid Classification Using SDSS Filters
Stephanie Hiromi Spear, 16, Henry J. Kaiser High School, Honolulu, Hawaii
PH019 Novel Automated Next-Generation Multijunction Quantum Dot Solar Panel Designs Using Monte Carlo-Based Modeling
Valerie S. Ding, 17, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon
PH053 Piezoforce Imaging of Confined Oxide Nanowires
Akash Levy, 17, Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top award winners receive a one-year AAPT and APS student membership, a certificate from both AAPT and APS, as well as one-year electronic subscriptions to AAPT’s journals, “The Physics Teacher,” “The American Journal of Physics,” and other APS journals. Each sponsoring teacher of a student who receives an AAPT and APS award also will receive a certificate.

 

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.
First Award of $4,000
ET025 Synthesis of Benzodifuran Derivatives for Solar Cells
Valerie Youngmi Sarge, 17, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky
Second Award of $3,000
BI046 Development of a Therapeutic Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Chemical Approach to Cease Amyloidosis
Yarim Lee, 17, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, New York
Third Award of $2,000
CH020 Building a Library of Difluoro- and Trifluoro- Artemisinins, Year Two
Shreya Sundaresh Ramayya, 16, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, California
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
Certificate of Honorable Mention
CB024 In Search of Genomic Dark Matter: A Novel Method for the Global Identification of Active Regulatory Elements
Carlo Bocconcelli, 17, Falmouth Academy, Falmouth, Massachusetts
CH027 Carbonized Pineapple Peel (CPP) Waste as Low Cost Adsorbent for Acid and Reactive Dyes Removal
Meor Zulhilmi Syahir Ahmad Shohailee, 17, Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science Secondary Boarding School, Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia
EN022 The Synthesis and Characterization of EGCG-PLGA Conjugates and Mixtures: A Novel Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering
Anubhuti Mathur, 16, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Connecticut
EN055 Gold Nanoparticles: Efficient Synthesis of Catalytically Active Nanoparticles Using a One-Pot Method
Justin Cheung, 17, Commack High School, Commack, New York
EN066 Magnetic Field Modulation for Assembly and Manipulation of Responsive Nanoscale Optical Systems
Michael Janner, 18, Redlands East Valley High School, Redlands, California
ET021 Development of Highly Efficient and Stable Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Using Natural Hydrangea macrophylla Dyes
Mie Yamanaka, 17, Miyagi Prefectural Sendai Daini Senior High School, Sendai-City, Japan
All award winners and honorable mentions also receive a subscription to “ChemMatters.”

 

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

All expense paid four week trip and scholarship to the Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute
CB022 Control of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Aging by Modulation of Mitochondrial DNA Deletions
Joshua Abraham Meier, 18, Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Hackensack, New Jersey
Trip and scholarship is held at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel each July. A valid passport is required for travel.

 

American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize three projects that best reflect the study of Earth and the mission of AGI. Founded in 1948, AGI strives to increase public awareness of the vital role of the geosciences to mankind and society. In support of Intel ISEF, AGI sponsors a first place award of $1,000, a certificate and an AGI publication; a second award of $750, a certificate and an AGI publication; and a third award of $250, a certificate and an AGI publication.
First Award of $1,000
EA006 Tidal Rhythms Recorded in Precambrian Banded Iron Formations
Chinami Motomatsu, 18, Chiba Prefectural Yakuendai Senior High School, Funabashi-City, Japan
Second Award of $750
EA002 Comparison of Evaporation Rates from Mine Lakes to the Transpiration Rates from Previous Plant Life
Timothy J. Lillo, 17, South Sumter High School, Bushnell, Florida
Third Award of $250
PH007 Rocks of the Rainbow: Asteroid Classification Using SDSS Filters
Stephanie Hiromi Spear, 16, Henry J. Kaiser High School, Honolulu, Hawaii

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.
First Award of $1,000
EE029 Versatile Field Construction Machine for Paddy Cultivation
Namal Namal Udara Piyasiri, 18, Tabuththegama Central College, Thambuththegama, Sri Lanka
EE317 Digital Sandwich: Tasty Terabytes
Nikita Chernyadev, 17, Lyceum No.82, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
Dmitry Khodebko, 17, Lyceum No.82, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
Alexander Shkitilev, 17, Lyceum No.82, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
Second Award of $250
EE303 Solid State Fan
Eliot Lim, 18, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Singapore, Singapore
Shiyang Yu, 18, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Singapore, Singapore
Zhong Liang Ou Yang, 18, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Singapore, Singapore
EE315 TBox: Tracking Box
Andre Santos Ferreira, 17, Oliveira do Bairro High School, Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal
Goncalo Goncalves Duarte Pires, 16, Oliveira do Bairro High School, Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal
Ricardo Martins Coelho Nunes, 18, Oliveira do Bairro High School, Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal

 

American Mathematical Society

The American Mathematical Society was founded in 1888, to further the interests of mathematical research & scholarship, as well as to serve the national/international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy & other programs. Friends and family of the late mathematician, Karl Menger, contribute to a fund in his memory, to be distributed by the AMS for annual awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
First Award of $1,000
MA043 Characterizing the n-Division Points of Genus-0 Curves through Straightedge and Compass Constructions
Nitya Mani, 16, The Harker School, San Jose, California
Second Award of $500
EN068 Strongly Coupling the Electrical and Mechanical Dynamics of the Heartbeat in a Diffuse Interface Model
Kevin K. Lee, 17, University High School, Irvine, California
MA013 Weighted Catalan Numbers and Their Divisibility Properties
Sarah Lee Shader, 18, Laramie High School, Laramie, Wyoming
Third Award of $250
MA015 Hidden Secrets in Cevian Triangles
Shahar Silberstein, 16, Makif Alef, Be’er Sheva, Israel
MA024 Odd Dunkl Operators and nilHecke Algebras
Ritesh Narayan Ragavender, 17, South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
MA035 Covering Squares of Side Length n+e with Unit Squares
Rayna Dimchova Gadzheva, 18, Mathematical High School ‘Konstantin Velichkov,’ Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
MA036 On the Hamiltonicity of Cubic, Polyhedral, Bipartite Graphs
Paul Clarke, 17, St. Paul’s College Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
Certificate of Honorable Mention
MA009 Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules
Bertrand Andrew Stone, 17, Nicolet High School, Glendale, Wisconsin
MA016 A New Statistical Measure of Effect Size: Rate-Adjusted Standardized Mean Difference (RASMD)
Katherine Marie Webb, 18, Tabb High School, Yorktown, Virginia
MA040 The Impact of Demand Elasticity on the Downs-Thomson and Braess Paradoxes
Rishi Suvir Mirchandani, 17, Fox Chapel Area Senior High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MA056 Cohomology of Finite Groups without Homological Algebra
Nikolai Mostovskii, 17, The Laboratory for Continuous Mathematical Education, St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
MA308 Bracelet Problem with Identical Beads
Ata Aydin Uslu, 18, Edirne Suleyman Demirel Fen Lisesi, Edirne, Turkey
Hamdi Goktan Ozmenekse, 18, Edirne Süleyman Demirel Fen Lisesi, Edirne, Turkey
A booklet on Karl Menger will also be given to each winner.

 

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
Second Award of $1,000
EA002 Comparison of Evaporation Rates from Mine Lakes to the Transpiration Rates from Previous Plant Life
Timothy J. Lillo, 17, South Sumter High School, Bushnell, Florida
Third Award of $500
EA005 Increase in Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Ocean Subsurface Warming in the Western North Pacific Ocean
Yu-Hsin Chen, 17, Taipei First Girls High School, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Certificate of Honorable Mention
EA001 Lunar Tide Contribution to Thermosphere Weather
Jesse Tan Zhang, 16, Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado
EA303 Secrets of San Lorenzo Valley’s Atmosphere: Vertical Meteorological Measurements, Part Two
Connor B. Lydon, 17, San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, California
Natalie Rose Gallagher, 16, San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, California
EA304 Hurricanes and Ocean Temperature
Caroline Morris, 18, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Mary Claire Morris, 17, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Winners receive a certificate, an AMS Journal/Bulletin Archive DVD, and a one-year student membership to the AMS. The student membership includes a subscription to the “Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society” or “Weatherwise” magazine.

 

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
Second Award of $1,000
EV025 Effects of the Environmental Pollutant Acrylic Aldehyde on Renal Fibrosis
Sanjana J. Rane, 16, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Third Award of $500
CB011 Age and Glaucoma Induced Changes in Retinal Ganglion Cell Function
Garrett Elijah McGrady, 16, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
APS Exceptional Science Award for $500
CB012 p38 in Muscle Differentiation
Giuseppe Dall’Agnese, 20, Liceo Scientifico E. Vendramini, Pordenone, Italy
Four winners will receive cash, a certificate, a t-shirt, and a one-year subscription to APS publications.
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