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The 50th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 7 - 9, 2005.

This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 285 projects represented by 323 finalists from 116 schools and 13 regions within the state. More than 100 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 45 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.

Scholarships from Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and University of Colorado - Boulder were also presented. Adams State College awarded eleven one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded five four-year full resident tuition scholarships. The University of Colorado - Boulder awarded four one-year scholarships ranging in value from $1,500 to $4,000. 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 2005 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 36 sponsors. Sponsors included 6 Platinum Sponsors (providing over $2,500 of support), 8 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 10 Financial Contributors (less than $500 each). Also, 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, Ms. Sarah Andrews. Ms. Andrews is a geologist, teacher and writer who likes to combine things that most people wouldn't put together: science and murder for instance. She didn't start out to be a scientist or a writer and her father (an art teacher) made her swear she wouldn't teach. But rocks and murder will out, and, after coming West to attend Colorado College and Colorado State University, she began a very complicated career in Geology that has so far taken her through five different ways to use her education . . . and add to it!

Sarah Andrews

Sarah talked about how her learning disability actually helped her learn, how and when she decided to study rocks, and how she came to write ten murder mysteries about geology.


The top two individual Senior Division project exhibitors and the top team Senior Division project exhibitors won an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ May 8 - 14, 2005. First place went to Nissa Schmidt, Merino Jr/Sr High School in Merino, grade 12, for the project The Psychopharmacological Effects of Antidepressants on Procambarus clarkii. Second place went to D J Horton, Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, grade 10, for the project Biological Control of a Common Corn Criminal, Phase Two. The first place Senior Division team project was Michael Polmear & Lalith Polepeddi, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project Proteomics Analysis of Osteosarcoma Cells. Awarded third place for best individual project and winner of an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Robert Glissmann, Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, grade 11, for the project Utilizing Audio Profile Matching Technology for Replicating Body Kinesis.

The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Kristyn Rodzinyak from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, grade 12, for the project Crater Characteristics: Water on Mars?.

The winners (tied) of the Senior Division Student Choice Award were Chris Messick, Sargent High School in Monte Vista, grade 10, for the project Point And Click, Literally and Tim Schneider, Durango High School in Durango, grade 9, for the project Robotonomous. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Gwyneth Glissmann, Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, grade 8, for the project A 21st Century Problem: Carbon Dioxide.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Allison McVey, Springfield Jr/Sr High School in Springfield.

The winners of the 50th Anniversary CSEF Alumni Awards were Jeffrey Carlson, Mountain View Core Knowledge School in Canon City, grade 6 for the project Going for a Spin With Gravity and Jessie Chavez, Sierra Grande Jr/Sr High School in Blanca, grade 11 for the project Sprouts vs. Nodes: Establishing a Correlation Between Burn Severity and Sprout Density in Populus t.

The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Bryant Elrick, Arriba-Flagler School in Flagler, grade 8 for the project aMAZEing Mice;
Bailey Younger
, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 6 for the project Paper Towel Testing;
Tamara Jefferson, Tiffany Langevin & Amanda Archuleta, Corwin Middle School in Pueblo, grade 8 for the project Waves of Destruction: Tsunamis;
Danica Cox, Swink School in Swink, grade 6 for the project *Catch It if You Can*;
Brandy Haller, Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 7 for the project Bar Flies: Alcohol Dehydrogenase in Drosophila melanogaster;
Elizabeth Burger & Nicole Burger, Harrison Elementary School in Canon City, grade 6 for the project Do You Know You Are Blind?;
Rafe Paulson, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 8 for the project Grandpa's Helper;
Katie Newton, Yuma Middle School in Yuma, grade 8 for the project Does the Bio-Pruf Handle Really Work?;
Madison Cerny, Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards, grade 7 for the project Should Plants Stay Up Late?;
Noah Fischer, St. Columba School in Durango, grade 7 for the project The Effects of De-Icers on Car Metal; and
Connor Spaeth, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School in Pagosa Springs, grade 6 for the project Litter Layer's Effect on the Hydrophobicity of Soil After a Wildfire.

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Penny Propst of Merino Jr/Sr High School in Merino. Ms. Propst received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in her classroom and school.

All of the 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. This year, two Colorado students were named as Semi-Finalists and Iftin Abshir was chosen as a Finalist to attend the DCYSC competition in Washington, DC in October.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print a copy of the official 2005 Press Release.

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