2012 Special Awards Winners

Aug 15, 2012 | |

2012 Special Awards      

American Meterological Society

AMS is the professional society for the study of weather. Two senior division students winners will be awarded for the most creative project in atmospheric science and will each receive a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement.

Serena Zadoo  
  Malvika Gupta  

American Psychological Association

The APA Education Directorate and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools recognizes outstanding research in psychology. Senior division student winners are awarded with a Certificate of Award.

Anjali Chacko  
  Raquel Ruiz  
  Megan Van de Walle  

Broadcom Masters

The Broadcom MASTERS is the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders nominated to compete by their local SSP-affiliated science and engineering fair. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a private non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS encourages middle schoolers to continue their studies in STEM courses throughout high school by igniting a personal passion for science, engineering and innovation through a competition that exposes them to independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork.The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) semifinalists come from 251 middle schools across the United States with concentrations in California, Florida, Texas, Ohio and Oregon. Each 1st & 2nd Place junior division winners from each science fair category is given a  nomination packet to register to participate.

Jacey Snapp  
  Paige Gentry  
  Henry Kettler  
  Dustin Sanford  
  Raphael Lewis  
  Mary Farrell  
  Grace Garcia-Ranft  
  Sonya Xu  
  Sujana Nelakanti  
  Alan Zhao  
  Shivan Chokshi  
  Rohan Trivedi  
  Anshu Jain  
  Edward Kim  
  Alex Brackenbury  
  Yijun Hu  
  Sachindra Sanamvenkata  
  Crystal Hsu  
  Wenjia Dara Li  
  Maya Patel  
  Lauren Hall  
  Yaseem Rana  
  Garima Singh  
  Priya Ramamoorthy  
  Brayden Dragoo  
  Lea Gustafson  
  Logan Zartman  
  Tiasha Joardar  
  Bill Wehrfritz  
  Blake Stoddard  
  Raisa Islam  
  Qanitah Khalid  
  Dmitri Garlic  
  Katelyn Bouthillette  
  Gabriela Garza  
  Ethan McCosky  
  Aditya Vaidya  
  Bryson Hill  
  Jerry Chen  
  Nia Clements  
  Vignesh Ravindranath  
  Avi Minocha  
  Eman Alasadi  
  Isuru Somawardana  
  Analaura Trevino  
  John Wilkins  
  Nick Cheeseman  
  Kaleigh Gallant  
  Zain Syed  
  Christopher Pitts  
  Alanna Tran  

Council of Texas Statisticians

The Council of Texas Statisticians (COTS) sponsores an award at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMTSEF). An award is given for “The Best Use of Statistics in a Science Project”. A team of judges from the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association select three senior division projects that show excellence in the use and knowledge of statistical methods.


Sharjeel Syed  
  Lauren Mandaville  
  Michael Mann  

Intel Excellence in Computer Science

Intel hopes to increase the interest in computer science, one of today's fastest growing fields and an important source of innovation for the 21st century. The student with the project demonstrating the best use of computer science will receive an Intel Certificate of Excellence in Computer Science Award and $200.

Will Yager  

Mu Alpha Theta

The National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Club will award a Certificate of Award to the student whose project demonstrates the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics. A certificate is awarded to the student winner.

Anita Rao  

National Oceanographic Atmospheric Association

NOAA awards a certificate to two students (middle or high school) whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.

Morgan Sinko  
  Iqra Qazi  

National Space Society & San Antonio Space Society

A chapter of the National Space Society is a relatively informal group of space enthusiasts who join together for comradeship and education. A certificate is awarded to the student winner.

Ellen Zhou  

Office of Naval Research-US Navy & Marine Corps

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) encourages the young scientists and engineers of our country. ONR awards 2 to 10 certificates signed by the Chief of Naval Research. A certificate is awarded to all student winners. Top winner is awarded a certificate & $75 Gift Certificate. Judged and presented by a NAVY representative.

Itzel Garcia Senior
  Badar Patel Senior
  Nupur Shambharkar Senior
  Devin Buchanan Senior
  Krishna Parikh Senior
  Amy Lin Senior
  Elizabeth Godfrey Senior
  Nihal Koduri Senior
  Ankita Ghoshal Senior
  Diana Moreno Junior
  Yaseem Rana Junior
  Amelia Brown Junior
  Torre Torres Junior
  Varun Patamalla Junior
  Eman Alasadi Junior
  Razan Hussein Junior
  Ritvik Annam Junior
  Antonio Nieves-Tichy Junior

Society for In Vitro Biology

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) was founded in 1946 as the Tissue Culture Association to foster exchange of knowledge of in vitro biology of cells, tissues and organs from both plant and animals (including humans). The focus is on biological research, development, and applications of significance to science and society. One student winner will be awarded a certificate of Excellence from the SIVB.

Sheila Chandrahas  

Society of American Military Engineers

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Antonio Post awards are based on: Integrity of the student presenting/accomplishing the project; Applicability of the project further technology and quality of life of mankind; Technical Merit of the project; Explanation of project by student; Enthusiasm for the project by the student; Interest of the student in future science and engineering; and Environmental merits/impact of the project. Student winners are awarded an award certificate, a SAME San Antonio Post coin and a check ranging from $100-$200 depending on the number of winners.

Nicholas McCoy  
  Stephen Chisolm  
  Tyler Raboin  
  Garima Singh  

South Texas Chapter-Health Physics Society

The South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society is a professional society that was organized and chartered in 1964 with the following objectives: Developing scientific knowledge in the study of radiation, Devising practical means to protect people and their environment from harmful effects of radiation, Providing and supporting meetings to discuss scientific endeavors, Encouraging scientific research and education dedicated to the science of radiation protection, Aiding in research/education opportunities in health physics and radiation protection for college and university students. One winner is chosen and awarded a Certificate of Excellence.


Joseph Langas  

Texas Academy of Audiology

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased to partner with the American Academy of Audiology to foster the audiologists of tomorrow with its science fair recruitment initiative. The AAAF will provide funding to state academies to award to students who present outstanding secondary school science fair projects in hearing, balance, and sound.

Elliot Gorokhovsky  

Texas Tech University

Department of Natural Resource Management NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT is the application of ecological knowledge to natural resources in a manner that strikes a balance between sustaining those resources and the needs of people. The department of NRM awards 4 students winners a Certificates of Excellence.


College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources have planted the seeds of excellence in teaching, research and public service. Today, they continue that mission of award-winning innovation, both academically and technologically. Three students will be awarded Certificates of Excellence.

Patrick Lloyed Natural Resource Management
  Rohit Mittal Natural Resource Management
  Adriana Aguilar Natural Resource Management
  Sarah Bushong Natural Resource Management
  Jenna Lobissu College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  Kali Perez College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  Victoria Dobbie College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Texas Tech University

Plant and Soil Science Department awards 2 scholarships to senior division students with projects in the Plant and Soil Science category. Two students will be awarded a $1,000 and a $500 scholarship. This will be contingent upon them attending Texas Tech and majoring in one of the Plant and Soil Science degrees.



Victoria Dobbie Plant & Soil Science
  Elizabeth Sigala Plant & Soil Science
USAF Established in 1947, the United States Air Force is one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States. The mission of the Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interest -- to fly and fight in Air, Space and Cyberspace. The USAF is the largest and most technologically advanced force in the world. Characterized by science and technology, the Air Force is totally committed to rewarding science projects that exhibit these high standards. USAF awards 4 students Certificates of Excellence. Judged and presented by an USAF representative. William Yager  
  Elizabeth Ashmore  
  Anthony Hejduk  
  Ben Lamont  
U.S. Army awards to scientific/engineering excellence to student exhibitors. Winners will be awarded a certificate of achievement, 4 out of the 5 will receive a $50 US savings bond, the remaining winner who is considered the most outstanding will receive a $100 US savings bond and a silver medallion. Judged and presented by an ARMY representative. Morgan Paiga  
  Joan Zhang  
  Raquel Ruiz  
  Anjali Chacko  
  Megan Van de Walle  
UTSA College of Sciences      
UTSA Provost Scholarship      


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