Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

 Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ May 12-17, 2019

 

PHOENIX     Twenty four student finalists from Washington science & engineering fairs competed at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ on May 10-17, 2019.  The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition.  This year, over 1,800 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected from 435 affiliate science fairs in 50 states and 81 countries, regions and territories.  About 1000 judges from academia and industry made the final selections.

Zoe Ann Gotthold, 16, Richland High School, Richland, won a first Grand Award of $3000 for her project, "The Solution to Pollution is...Plastic?  Accelerating Oil Remediation by Using Polymer Exposure to Destabilize Emulsions"

Aum Upadhyay, 18, Senior, Interlake High School, Bellevue, won a third Grand Award of $1000 for his project  "Improvement of Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency through PLA Additive Induced Boundary Passivation with Application of Machine Learning in Crystal Image Analysis"

Meredith Hillier, 14, Newport Senior High School, Bellevue, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for her project Stimulating Gamma Brain Waves via the Visual System Using Flashing LED Lights: Optimizing a Potential Treatment for Alzheimer's

Nikhita Bontha, 14, Hanford High School, Richland, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for her project "A Novel Process to Fabricate Stable Bipolar Membranes for the Next Generation of Hydrogen Fuel Cells".  She also won the Patent and Trademark Office Society Second Award of $500.

Sathvik Nallamalli, 15, Olympia High School, Olympia, won a 4th Grand Award of $500 for his project "A Lung Cancer Prediction and Detection System Using Nodule Based Methods and Machine Learning Algorithms"

Nikhil Devanathan, 17, Kennewick High School, Kennewick, won a 4th Grand Award and $500 for his project "Frugal Flight: Indoor Stabilization of a Computationally Independent Drone without GPS". He also won the Air Force Research Lab First Award of $750.

Eshika Saxena, 17, Interlake High School, Bellevue, won the AVASC Second Award of $500 for her project "myRadioloGIST: Early Detection of Lung Cancer from Hidden Gist Signals in CT Scans with Deep Neural Networks and Transfer Learning"

Smriti Somasundaram, 14, Olympia High School, Olympia, won a University of Arizona full tuition scholarship for her projecrt, "Perovskite Solar Cell: A Simple Hot Casting Method to Formulate High-quality, Lead-free, Sn-based Perovskite Films with Reduced Pinholes"

Christine Ye, 14, Eastlake High School, Sammamish, won the SPIE second award of $1500 for her project, "Applications of Helium-4 Doubly Forbidden Singlet-Triplet Transition Lines in Astronomical Spectroscopy"

Ansel LaPier, 15, Central Valley High School , Liberty Lake, won the Air Force Research Lab First Award of $750 for his project, "Chest Wall Muscle EMG Activity and Arm Force during Functional Tasks: Implications After Open Heart Surgery"

 

Washington International Science & Engineering (WISE) Team

Intel ISEF 2019, Phoenix, AZ, May 12-17, 2019

 

High technology dance by Eclipse Keynote: Dr. Feng Zhang, Broad Institute, MIT ISEF shout-out:  81 countries with posters

 

Students find their names inscribed on the Finalist Wall

ISEF Exhibition hall, 1800 projects 

 

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Washington International Science & Engineering (WISE) Team 2019

 

The Use of C. elegans as an Indicator for Toxins in Feminine Hygiene Products
Sarah Mahan, 18, Senior, Erin Hucke, 17, Senior, Joel E. Farris High School, Spokane
An in silico Analysis of Glioblastoma Patients for the Identification of a miRNA Signature as a Diagnostic Biomarker Patients
Anirudh Iyer, 16, junior, Tesdla STEM High School, Redmond
TA Survey of Lake Crescent for Endemic Salmonid Spawning Sites Using eDNA
Vita Olsen, 16. Junior, Sequim High School, Sequim
Applications of Helium-4 Doubly Forbidden Singlet-Triplet Transition Lines in Astronomical Spectroscopy
Christine Ye, 14, Freshman, Eastlake High School, Sammamish
Determining the Most Effective Salt Concentration of Irrigation Water for Trichoderma harzianum to Confer Salt Tolerance through Symbiosis to Oryza sativa Plants
Manasvini Calmidi, 17, Junior, Tesla STEM High School, Redmond
Stimulating Gamma Brain Waves via the Visual System Using Flashing LED Lights: Optimizing a Potential Treatment for Alzheimer's
Meredith Hillier, 14, Freshman, Newport Senior High School, Bellevue
The Solution to Pollution Is...Plastic? Accelerating Oil Spill Remediation by Using Polymer Exposure to Destabilize Emulsions
Zoe Ann Gotthold, 16, Sophmore, Richland High School, Richland
Brake Pad Dust Particulates on the Fertility and Vitality Rates of Drosophila melanogaster
Josie Westmoreland, 17, Junior, Odessa High School, Odessa
Identifying the Role of TEAD Proteins and the Pharmacological Disruption of YAP1 to Inhibit the Function of Oncogenic YAP1 Fusions
Aditi Subramanyam, 17, Junior, Tesla STEM High School, Redmond
Implementing LiDAR in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Systems
Gareth Starratt, 15, Sophomore, Julian McOmie, 15, Sophomore, Camas High School, Camas
A Lung Cancer Prediction and Detection System Using Nodule Based Methods and Machine Learning Algorithms
Sathvik Nallamalli, 15, Sophomore, Olympia High School, Olympia
myRadioloGIST: Early Detection ofLung Cancer from Hidden Gist Signals in CT Scans with Deep Neural Networks and Transfer Learning
Eshika Saxena, 17, Senior, Interlake High School, Bellevue
Perovskite Solar Cell: A Simple Hot Casting Method to Formulate High-quality, Lead-free, Sn-based Perovskite Films with Reduced Pinholes
Smriti Somasundaram, 14, Freshman, Olympia High School, Olympia
Chest Wall Muscle EMG Activity and Arm Force during Functional Tasks: Implications After Open Heart Surgery
Ansel LaPier, 15, Freshman, Central Valley High School, Spokane Valley
Improvement of Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency through PLA Additive Induced Boundary Passivation with Application of Machine Learning in Crystal Image Analysis
Aum Upadhyay, 18, Senior, Interlake High School, Bellevue
Copy Number Implementation and Analysis of Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors
Rahul Ram, 17, Senior, Camas High School, Camas
Anxiety Disorder Detection and EMDR Treatment Using Optical PCCR Eye Tracking
Nicole Gunderson, 18, Senior, Rachel Freeman, 18, Senior, Abhinav Gundrala, 17, Senior, Olympia High School, Olympia
A Novel Process to Fabricate Stable Bipolar Membranes for the Next Generation of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Nikhita Bontha, 14, Freshman, Hanford High School, Richland
Frugal Flight: Indoor Stabilization of a Computationally Independent Drone without GPS
Nikhil Devanathan, 17, Junior, Kennewick High School, Kennewick
Analysis of KLF11 Sequence in Type One Diabetic and Wild Type Mice
Jacob Satake, 17, Junior, North Central High School, Spokane
 

 

To get to ISEF, WISE Team finalists won top awards at these science & engineering fairs.  In addition to the student finalists, there were also four student observers, Elisabeth Berger, Aadi Dalia, Shreya Mehta, and Ajay Harilal

 

  Washington State Science & Engineering Fair

    South Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Mid Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Southwest Washington  Regional Science & Engineering Fair

   Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair

 

Special Awards Ceremony                                  Grand Awards Ceremony

   

ISEF Baseball Party: 300 section reserved for ISEF finalists at Chase Field: Diamondbacks vs Pirates

WISE Team Finalists gather under the ISEF banner of Dhruvik Parikh, Washington's 2018 top winner at Intel ISEF, Pittsburgh
Fair Directors, Accompanying Adults, and Parents

Washington finalists waving their green Washington State flags

ISEF T-shirts this year have new branding: "Washington International Science & Engineering (WISE) Team"

ISEF Photographer: Smriti, Sarah & Erin, Nikhil, Ansel, Nikhita, Nikhil & Ansel (back row)

 

 

Links:

2019 Intel ISEF highlights

What is Intel ISEF?

Spokane Spokesman Review coverage of EWRSEF students

Another SSP competition, highlights from the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Five questions with 10th place winner of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, Eshika Saxena, Interlake High School, Bellevue

Eshika's answer five is excellent advice:  "I’ve been inspired by Confucius’ quote: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." The formula is simple: work diligently to understand the fundamentals, then make new connections to develop innovative solutions. Think big, think different, and most importantly, don’t give up! In science, persistence is key."

Eshika's 6/18 interview with KING5 News

 

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