45th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held in the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University - Fort Collins campus on April 13 - 15, 2000.
This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 251 projects represented by 279 finalists from 86 schools and 12 regions within the state. More than 110 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 50 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 130 of their own representatives to judge exhibits based on their own criteria. They judged the student finalists and conferred Special Awards which represented an aspect of the bestowing organization. These included college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash, savings bonds, and calculators. Over 750 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year.
Scholarships from Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and Colorado State University (CSU) were also presented. Adams State College awarded ten one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded four scholarships. Colorado State University awarded eight one-year, renewable $1,000 scholarships to the top senior division individual category winners and three one-year, renewable $1,500 scholarships to the senior division All Fair winners.
The 2000 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 40 sponsors. Sponsors included 1 Platinum Sponsor (providing over $2,500 of support), 11 Gold Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), 2 Silver Sponsor ($750 - $1,000 of support each), and 13 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support each). In addition, there were 15 Financial Contributors (less than $500 each). Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.
This year, the CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Dr. Eric Cornell. Dr. Cornell received his B. S. from Stanford University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990. His doctoral research, with Dave Pritchard, was on precision mass spectroscopy of single trapped molecular ions. Dr. Cornell went to JILA in Boulder, Colorado in 1990. Since 1992 he has been a staff scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a Fellow of JILA and Professor Adjoint in the Physics Department of the University of Colorado.
Dr. Cornell's research interests center around various aspects of ultracold atoms, including Bose-Einstein condensation and experiments on atoms guided by optical forces inside hollow glass fibers and by magnetic forces along lithographically patterned wires.
Dr. Cornell received the Stratton Award from NIST in 1995; the Carl Zeiss Award in 1996; the Fritz London Prize in 1996; the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1996; the 1997 I. I. Rabi Award; the 1997 King Faisel International Prize for Science; the 1995-96 AAAS Newcomb-Cleveland Prize; the 1997 Alan T. Waterman Award; the Lorentz Medal in 1998 and in 1999; the R. W. Wood Prize; and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top two Senior Division project exhibitors (individual) won a trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Detroit, MI May 7 - 13, 2000. First place went to Ryan Patterson, Central High School in Grand Junction, grade 10, for the project Sleuthbot: A Robotic Search Tool. Second place went to Milena Pastore, Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 10, for the project Welcome to the Collembola Cafe. The third place winner, awarded an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF, was Thomas Liu, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 12, for the project Mathematical Modeling of Fringe Patterns from Double Stars.
The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Pavan Sekhar from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 12, for the project Phytoextraction and Rhizofiltration of Toxic Metals.
The winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Ryan Patterson, Central High School in Grand Junction, grade 10, for the project Sleuthbot: A Robotic Search Tool. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Rebecca Whitlock, Cotopaxi School in Cotopaxi, grade 6, for the project Is It Worth It?
The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Trixie Lee Fleming High School in Fleming.
See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners,
Special Award winners, and
Scholarship winners or print an official 2000 Press Release.