The 48th Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the
Colorado State University campus on April 10 - 12, 2003.
This year, CSEF
winners were chosen from among 271 projects
represented by 305 finalists from 105 schools and 13 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.
from Adams State College (ASC) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM)
were also presented. Adams State College awarded ten one-year full
resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines
awarded four four-year full resident tuition scholarships. 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 2003 Colorado
Science and Engineering Fair had 30 sponsors. Sponsors included 4
Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 10 Gold Sponsors
($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), 2 Silver Sponsors ($750 - $1,000
of support each), and 10 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support
each). In addition, there were 13 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.
year, the CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Golden.
Dr. Golden is a senior research meteorologist with the Forecast Systems
Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) and is an expert on vortices, principally hurricanes and tornadoes.
He is the world's leading authority on waterspouts.
Dr. Golden is
the author of numerous scientific articles
and acts as the source
of meteorological expertise for both popular and scientific news media.
A fellow of the American Meteorological Society, he has held many
key leadership positions, including director of NOAA's weather modification
Golden spoke about tornado research, where it has been and where it
COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS
The top Senior
Division individual project exhibitor of the 48th Colorado Science
and Engineering Fair and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete
in the Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair was Jennifer McDonough, Palmer High
School in Colorado Springs, grade 9, for the project Cruciferous
Platyhelminthes. Second place for best individual project, and
also a winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel
ISEF was Lauren Smith, Rampart High School in Colorado Springs,
grade 10, for the project Xanthomonas campestris pv. Vesicatoria:
A Study of the Relationship Between Extra-Cellular Material &
Heightened Host Response. Awarded third place for best individual
project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel
ISEF was Lisa Saccomano, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood
Village, grade 11, for the project Abnormal Otic Invagination with
Possible Associations to OAV Spectrum. The first place Senior
Division team project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to compete
in the Intel ISEF was Andrew Leifer, Raymund To, and David Pothier,
Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Fractals,
Power-Laws, and the Weibull Distribution: Mathematical Modeling Crumpled
The winner of
the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Jeff Marlow
from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 12, for
the project The Role of Oxygen in Cobalt Doped Titanium Oxide Thin
The winner of
the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Kelly Cook, Boltz
Junior High School in Fort Collins, grade 9, for the project Is
What You See What You Get? Brain Perception & the Physics of Light.
The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Ian Springer,
Lamar Middle School in Lamar, grade 8, for the project Robotic
Rescue - Designing and Building a Light Sensing Robot for Search and
Rescue of Disaster Victims.
The winner of
the Poster Art Contest was Morgan Edwards, High Country Christian
Academy in Colorado Springs.
The winner of
the first CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Gary Wilkinson
of Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista. Mr. Wilkinson received
a $1,000 grant to use towards scientific research in his classroom
All of the 1st
and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for
the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challange. This year, ten Colorado
students were named as Semi-Finalists.