Colorado students from around the state were among the awards winners at the 55th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Portland, Oregon, May 9 - 15, 2004. Below is a listing of the award winners and their hometowns.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college science fair, brings together more than 1,400 of the most curious and capable young science pioneers from more than 40 countries to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science and compete for over $3 million in awards and scholarships. The Intel ISEF is the world's only international science fair representing all sciences for students in grades 9 through 12. The ISEF has been coordinated for 55 years by Science Service, Inc., one of the most respected nonprofit organizations advancing the cause of science. In its sixth year as the title sponsor, Intel Corporation has committed millions to developing and promoting this competition. In addition, each year a volunteer committee representing the host community raises thousands of dollars to provide the exhibit space, support the hundreds of judges, and provide for special events that are held throughout the week-long event.
Colorado Finalist Delegation to Intel ISEF
Graham Anderson, & Shervin Rahimpour, grade 10, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project Is Free Radical Induced Cell Membrane Destruction Leading to Heart Disease? Graham & Shervin were the 1st Place Best Team Project at CSEF.
Brittelle Bowers & Heather McGuire, grade 11, from Lindon, CO with the project Determination of Persistent Tetracycline Residues in Liquid Manure by High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry.
Weston Brownlee, grade 11, from Greeley, CO for the project How Much Is Too Much: A Study in Acetaminophen's Affect on the Detoxification of H2O2 by Catalase. Weston took 2nd Place in Health & Behavioral Sciences at CSEF.
Adreanne Brungardt, grade 9, from Brush, CO for the project Investigations of a Rotating Fluid Phenomenon.
Forrest Friesen, grade 9, from Peyton, CO with the project The Effects of Pre-Stretching on the Performance of Electroactive Polymer Actuators. Forrest took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF.
Andrew Fritzler, grade 11, from Merino, CO for the project Bioengineered Foods and the Physiological Impact on Insects. Andrew took 2nd Place in Zoology at CSEF.
John Heermann, grade 9, from Haxtun, CO with the project Oil Pollution Solution Bioremediation. John took 3rd Place in Environmental Sciences at CSEF.
DJ Horton, grade 9, from Hotchkiss, CO for the project Biological Control of a Common Corn Criminal: The Influence of Heterohabditis Nematodes on the C. dimidiatus, Nitidulidae Corn Sap Beetle.
Laura Kaningher, grade 11 & James Cronk, grade 12, from Lafayette, CO for the project FISHing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa Via Sequencing and RFLP Analysis of 16s ssRNA Genes. Laura & James were the 2nd Place Best Team Project at CSEF.
Eric Keeling, grade 9, from La Veta, CO for the project Streptococcus Mutants & Toothpaste.
Carrie Kreimier, grade 9, from Rifle, CO with the project More to Reading than Meets the Eye.
Yunjie Ma, grade 12, from Aurora, CO for the project Characterization of Squid Susceptometer. Yunjie took 3rd Place in Physics at CSEF.
Meredith MacGregor, grade 9, from Boulder, CO for the project Centigrade 4.0: Turbulent Penetrative Convection in Chilled Water. Meredith took 1st Place in Physics at CSEF.
Heather Messick, grade 12, from Monte Vista, CO with the project Green Manure vs. Meloidogyne chitwoodi. Heather took 3rd Place in Botany at CSEF.
Daniel Ozzello, grade 9, from Fort Collins, CO for the project West Nile Virus: Running Rampant.
Lela Rundle, grade 11, Branndie Sievertsen, grade 11, & Kia Orr, grade 12, from Hotchkiss, CO with the project The Effects of Class Structure on Learning Abilities.
Lisa Saccomano, grade 12, from Englewood, CO for the project Determination of the Emryogenesis of OAVS.
Lauren Smith, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO with the project Treatment of Xanthomonas campestris pv. Vesicatoria Induced Bacterial Blight with UV-Altered Bacteriophages. Lauren took 1st Place in Botany at CSEF.
Balaji Sridhar, grade 11, from Denver, CO with the project Optimization of a Novel Process of Removal of Arsenic Residues from Drinking Water Treatment Waste. Balaji took 1st Place in Environmental Sciences and was the 1st Place Best Senior Division Individual Project at CSEF.
Nicole Thomas, grade 12, from Blanca, CO with the project Evaluating Novel Potato Germplasm for Potato Virus Y. Nicole took 2nd Place in Botany at CSEF.
Kristen Wells & Karen Jones, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO for the project Gastric Sarcoma: An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Cannabinoids as Treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Alexander Woods, grade 10, from Boulder, CO with the project Real-Time Calculation of the Rocket Roll Attitude Using the On-Board Video Camera. Alexander took 1st Place in Mathematics & Computer Sciences and was the 2nd Place Best Senior Division Individual Project at CSEF.
Craig Wright, grade 12, from Akron, CO with the project Surface Fabrication and Characterization for DNA-Based Biosensors. Craig took 1st Place in Chemistry and was the 3rd Place Best Senior Division Individual Project at CSEF.
Kenji Yoshida, grade 12, from Boulder, CO with the project Investigation of Inlet Materials for the Measurement of Atmospheric Ammonia. Kenji took 2nd Place in Chemistry at CSEF.
Grand (Place) Award Winners
Lauren Smith from Rampart High School won a $5,000 scholarship, an Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook computer, a $1,000 grant for her school (Rampart High School) and a $1,000 grant for her affiliated regional science fair (Pikes Peak RSF) in taking the Top of Category award in Botany. Lauren also won $3,000 1st place prize in Botany.
Laura Kaningher & James Cronk from Centaurus High School won $3,000 (1st Place) in the Team Projects Category.
Balaji Sridhar from Cherry Creek High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in Environmental Sciences.
Meredith MacGregor from Fairview High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in Physics.
Lisa Saccomano from Cherry Creek High School won $1,000 (3rd Place) in Medicine & Health.
Heather Messick from Sargent Jr/Sr High School won $500 (4th Place) in Botany.
Carrie Kreimier from Rifle High School won $500 (4th Place) in Behavioral & Social Sciences.
Forrest Friesen from Palmer High School won $500 (4th Place) in Engineering.
Special Award Winners
Meredith MacGregor won $300, a one-year AAPT membership, a one-year APS student membership, and subscriptions to the AAPT The Physics Teacher Journal and other APS journals from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society (3rd Place).
Heather Messick won a $5,000 per year for four years out-of-state tuition scholarship from Eastern Oregon University.
Lauren Smith won $700 and a one-year membership in the APS from the American Phytopathological Society (2nd Place).
Balaji Sridhar won a trip to visit the China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest in July or August from the China Association for Science and Technology.
Kristen Wells & Karen Jones from Palmer High School won a $12,000 per year for four years tuition scholarship from the University of Portland.
Alex Woods from Fairview High School won $250 and a one-year subscription to Science News from Eastman Kodak Company (Honorable Mention).
Government Award Winners
Meredith MacGregor won $200 and a $200 grant for her school (Fairview High School) from the Bureau of Reclamation and US Department of the Interior (3rd Place).
Heather Messick won $3,000 from the US Air Force (1st Place).
Lauren Smith won a $3,000 savings bond from the US Army.
Craig Wright from Woodlin School won $1,500 from the US Air Force (2nd Place).