Intel ISEF 2016 Special Awards Texas Winners

May 13, 2016 | |

May 12, 2016, Phoenix, AZ – Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Special Awards of the Intel ISEF 2016. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2016 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

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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.

All award winners and honorable mentions receive a subscription to "ChemMatters."


Second Award of $3,000

EGCH039              Novel Brine Water-Graphene Based Energy Generation: Engineering the Endless Cycle

Hannah Meiseles, 16, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas


Certificate of Honorable Mention

BCHM016T          New Approach to Prevent Monocyte Dysfunction Associated with Metabolic Diseases

Ruben Isaiah Dicker, 18, Health Careers High School, San Antonio, Texas

Shayan Mohammad Sarrami, 17, Health Careers High School, San Antonio, Texas


American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, founded in 1944, develops philanthropic support for the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world's premier scientific research institutions. The Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute at the Weizmann Institute provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on studies in professional academic laboratories at the forefront of scientific research.

All-expense paid four week trip and scholarship to the Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute.  Trip and scholarship is held at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel each July. A valid passport is required for travel.

CELL013                Novel Inhibitors of Glucose Transporter 1 (GLUT1) for Cancer

Brian Jason Du, 17, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas


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.

Second Award of $250

EGPH008              Development of a High Efficiency Solar Cell Using Adaptive Self-Cooling

Tiasha Joardar, 17, 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 will be considered for these awards.

Arizona State University Intel ISEF Scholarship

Students must enroll as undergraduate students in a degree seeking program following their graduation from secondary school. The award amount is equal to the New American University Provost Scholarship; if student receives an award of higher value from ASU, that award will replace the ISEF award.


PLNT010               The Effect of Application Rates on the Growth and Yield of Gossypium hirsutum L.

David Anthony Mendoza, 17, Christ the King Cathedral School, Lubbock, Texas


Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

AAAI is a scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI promotes research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence, as well as public understanding of artificial intelligence. AAAI also strives to improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance on the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.

Winners of this artificial intelligence award will receive a certificate, and their schools will receive a one-year membership in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, including a subscription to "AI Magazine."


Second Award of $1,000

ROBO012             Use the Force, Lyapunov! A Novel Quadcopter Motor Controller Using Force Sensor Feedback

Steven Thomas Elliott, 17, The Home Educator's Outsourcing High School, Plano, Texas


European Organization for Nuclear Research-CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter and the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of nature.

All expense paid trip to tour CERN.

This award is made possible by cooperative grants from Intel and CERN, which collaborates with Intel in the framework of CERN openlab. Students must be available for travel to Switzerland and France on the established dates of 11-17 of June 2016 - (this may require leaving one day earlier from the USA). Passport and perhaps a visa are required for travel.


SOFT012               Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity

Rucha Joshi, 16, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas


IEEE Foundation

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE awards the $10,000 Presidents' Scholarship to recognize a deserving student for an outstanding project demonstrating an understanding of electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer science, or other IEEE field of interest.

The $10,000 USD scholarship is payable over four years of undergraduate university study. The winner also receives an engraved plaque and a four-year IEEE student-level membership.


The IEEE Foundation Presidents' Scholarship Award of $10,000

EGPH008              Development of a High Efficiency Solar Cell Using Adaptive Self-Cooling

Tiasha Joardar, 17, Plano West 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

EBED022               Brace Yourself: A Novel Electronically Aided Leg Orthosis

Syamantak Payra, 15, Clear Brook High School, Friendswood, Texas


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Founded in 1958, NASA drives advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of Earth.


Honorable Mention

BCHM011            Highly Sensitive Single Mutation Detection of EGFR by Bridged Nucleic Acid

Edward Sangyoon Kim, 16, Midway High School, Waco, Texas


NSA Research Directorate

The National Security Agency's Research Directorate brings the power of science to secure the future by creating breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These discoveries and advancements help provide the tools and technologies used globally to safeguard cyberspace. The Research Directorate Science of Security Initiative promotes the academic maturation of cybersecurity principles on sound scientific roots for future scientists and researchers in order to provide trust in information systems.


Second Award of $1,000

SOFT012               Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity

Rucha Joshi, 16, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas


Oracle Academy

Oracle Academy, is the flagship program under Oracle’s corporate social responsibility education pillar. Its mission is to advance computer science education and make it accessible to students globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. In 2013, Oracle Academy supported more than 2.5 million secondary and post-secondary students globally, providing software, curriculum, professional development, and other resources with an in-kind grant value of more than US$2.7 billion.


Award of $5,000 for outstanding project in the systems software category.

SOFT012               Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity

Rucha Joshi, 16, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas


SOFT041               Schedule Advisory: Investigating Genetic Algorithms to Solve Class Scheduling

Uma Sethuraman, 15, William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas


Patent and Trademark Office Society

The PTOS is a membership-based organization for Patent and Trademark professionals and other interested individuals. From its inception in 1917, the Society has been dedicated to the improvement and appreciation of the United States Patent and Trademark Systems through promoting the systems' growth and well-being, as well as promoting the social and intellectual welfare of the Society members.


First Award of $500

EGPH017              From Nano Defects to Mega Power: Heavily-Zirconium-Doped Trapped Field (Gd,Y)BaCuO Superconductor Tapes for High Power Wind Turbine Generators

Kavita Selva, 16, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas


Ricoh USA, Inc

Ricoh USA, Inc is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. 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. Ricoh is consistently ranked high among the world’s corporations for successfully balancing profit with environmental responsibility.

Winning students will receive framed Ricoh Sustainable Development Award certificates.


Ricoh Sustainable Development Award of $12,500

EAEV018              A Super Soaker for Greenhouse Gas: The Design and Synthesis of a Novel Metal Organic Framework for Adsorption and Storage of Gases like CO2

Megha Vyakaranam, 15, Independence High School, Frisco, Texas


Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc.

The Society for Experimental Mechanics is composed of international members from academia, government, and industry who are committed to interdisciplinary application, research and development, education, and active promotion of experimental methods to: (a) increase the knowledge of physical phenomena; (b) further the understanding of the behavior of materials, structures and systems; and (c) provide the necessary physical basis and verification for analytical and computational approaches to the development of engineering solutions.


Third Award of $1,000

MATS019             Bio-Engineered Concrete: A Sustainable Self-Healing Material

Nicholas Rocco Bracci, 16, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, 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.

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


Third Award of $300

ROBO012             Use the Force, Lyapunov! A Novel Quadcopter Motor Controller Using Force Sensor Feedback

Steven Thomas Elliott, 17, The Home Educator's Outsourcing High School, Plano, Texas



University of Arizona

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona (UA) is the state’s land-grant university. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. UA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 16 academic colleges. UA will award scholarships to outstanding awardees who have demonstrated robust research for the greater good of society.

Arizona residents: $10,000 and Nonresidents & International: $12,000 Renewable for an additional three years under UA’s Terms & Conditions.


Tuition Scholarship Award

ANIM008             The Effects of Forest Fires on Stream Invertebrates and Water Quality at Two Different Sites in New Mexico

Jillian Gabrielle Serrano, 16, Mission Early College High School, El Paso, Texas


BCHM020            Converting Tropical Feedstocks into Bio-Ethanol via Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

David James Zulli, 17, John Jay Science and Engineering Academy, San Antonio, Texas


BEHA042              Understanding Parkinson's Disease: Basal ganglia Dysfunction's Role in the Visual Adaptation of Speech

Divya Prabhakaran, 17, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas

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