47th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student
Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 11 - 13, 2002.
This year, CSEF
winners were chosen from among 259 projects
represented by 289 finalists from 85 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 100 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 1,000 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year.
Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and Colorado
State University (CSU) were also presented. Adams State College awarded
nine one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado
School of Mines awarded four four-year full resident tuition scholarships.
Colorado State University awarded ten one-year, non-renewable $1,000
scholarships to the top senior division individual category winners
and three one-year, nonrenewable $1,500 scholarships to the senior division
All Fair winners. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $2,000 scholarship
to a twelfth grader in the name of Ryan Patterson (Intel ISEF top winner
in 2001) for use at the college or university of their choice.
The 2002 Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair had 30 sponsors. Sponsors included 2 Platinum
Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 13 Gold Sponsors ($1,000
- $2,500 of support each), 1 Silver Sponsor ($750 - $1,000 of support
each), and 14 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support each). In addition,
there were 15 Financial Contributors (less than $500 each). In addition,
several individuals donated through the Denver Combined Federal Campaign. Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.
This year, the
CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Nobel Laureate, Dr. Carl Wieman.
Dr. Wieman is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University
of Colorado in Boulder, CO. He is also a Fellow of JILA, an institute
operated jointly by the University of Colorado and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology.
Dr. Wieman is the
recipient of a myriad of scientific awards, but is most noted for his
"Bose-Einstein Condensation: Quantum weirdness at the lowest temperature
in the universe" research for which he received the Nobel Prize
in 2001. In addition to his research activities, Wieman has been involved
in innovations in science education, and has given many presentations
to high school classes and general audiences. Currently he is a member
of the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Revitalization.
He is also and elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Board
on Physics and Astronomy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top Senior
Division project exhibitor of the 47th Colorado Science and Engineering
Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair was Craig Wright,
Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 10, for the project Designing a
Linear Peristaltic Pump Using Ferrofluids. Second place for best
project, and also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at
the Intel ISEF was Josh Haimes, Boulder High School in Boulder,
grade 12, for the project WGA Amplification and Thin Film Detection
of Methicillin Resistant/Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Awarded
third place for best project and winner of an all-expense paid trip
to compete at the Intel ISEF was Aaron Burgess and Kristen
Rasmussen, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 11, for their
project Aircraft Icing: Why Does It Happen?
The winner of the
Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Adam Curry
from Palisade High School in Palisade, grade 12, for the project The
Cosmic Early Warning.
The winner of the
Senior Division Student Choice Award was Brandon Rosgen , Pagosa
Springs High School in Pagosa Springs, grade 11, for the project River
Banks - Nature's Erodible Boundaries. The Junior Division Student
Choice winner was Meredith MacGregor, Burbank Middle School in
Boulder, grade 7, for the project Avalanche! A Search for Self-Organized
The winner of the
Poster Art Contest was Lauren Goulding, Palmer High School in