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COLORADO STUDENTS TAKE HOME AWARDS AT THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

Colorado students from around the state were among the awards winners at the 61st Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in San Jose, CA May 9 - 14, 2010. 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 1,500 of the most curious and capable young science pioneers from more than 60 countries to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science and compete for over $4 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 61 years by Society for Science & the Public (formerly Science Service), one of the most respected nonprofit organizations advancing the cause of science. In its thirteenth 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. Visit the Society for Science & the Public web site: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/.

Colorado Finalist Delegation to Intel ISEF

Ben Armstrong, grade 12, from Monte Vista, CO with the project The Uptake of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Ben took 1st Place in Environmental Sciences and was the 2nd Place Best Individual Project at CSEF.

Nikki Buhrdorf, grade 10, from Austin, CO with the project Aspen in a State of SADness: A Statistical Analysis of the Decline of Populus tremuloides, Phase II. Nikki took 1st Place in Plant Sciences and was the 1st Place Best Individual Project at CSEF.

J. Raleigh Burt, grade 12, from Alamosa, CO with the project Optimizing Energy Extraction and Water Conservation of Geothermal Heating Systems: Part II. Raleigh took 3rd Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Casey Campbell, grade 9, from La Veta, CO with the project Engineering a Path to Cleaner Water: Phytoremediation of Coal Bed Methane Produced Water on an Industrial Scale.

Kelly Christensen & Molly McMahon, grade 12, from Louisville, CO for the project Generation of a RNA Probe for In Situ Hybridization.

Jesse Ellison, grade 12, from Bayfield, CO for the project Next Generation Propulsion: The Alfa Mark VI. Jesse took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF. Jesse took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF.

Christy Farnsworth, grade 12, from Paonia, CO for the project A New Look of Alternative Energy. Christy took 2nd Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Nathan Frantz, grade 10, from Fleming, CO for the project Does Size Matter? A Study of Dietary Supplements and Cellular Hydration. Nathan took 2nd Place in Animal Sciences at CSEF.

Vikash Hypio, grade 10, from Hotchkiss, CO for the project Voting Systems: An Outcome Analysis, Phase Two. Vikash took 1st Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at CSEF.

Samuel Kater & Tucker Leavitt, grade 9, from Durango, CO for the project Electrostatic Power Amplification. Samuel & Tucker received an Honorable Mention in Physics at CSEF.

Jordan Lestina, grade 11, from Dove Creek, CO for the project Biodiesel from Sunflowers, Phase III - An Analysis of Planting Dates, Soil Temperature and Oil Content. Jordan took 3rd Place in Plant Sciences at CSEF.

Kelli Lynch, grade 10, from Fort Collins, CO for the project Irradiation Extermination, Part II: A Portable System to Eliminate Water-Bourne Microorganisms. Kelli took 1st Place in Microbiology at CSEF.

Zach Miller, grade 12, from Greenwood Village, CO for the project Solving Differential Equations with an Analog Computer.

Lorne Muir II & Nathan Weeks, grade 10, from Colorado Springs, CO for the project Analyzing the Separate Toxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles on L1210 Cells. Lorne & Nathan were the 2n Place Best Team Project at CSEF.

Wyatt Palser, grade 9, from Otis, CO for the project An Examination of Silver Nanoparticles: Antimicrobial Effects and Mitigation.

John Parish IV, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO for the project Closer to Where It Wasn't: Estimation and Tracking Using Adaptive Filtering. John took 1st Place in Mathematics & Computer Sciences at CSEF.

Tonya Pavlenko & Laura Gudvangen, grade 11, from Colorado Springs, CO for the project Internal Combat with Melanoma: Triggering an Immune Response Through the Up-Regulation of FAS Using Toll Ligand Combination Treatments. Tonya and Laura were the 1st Place best Team Project at CSEF.

Tanya Petach, grade 11, from Boulder, CO for the project Colorado River Salinity: Correlation to Geostrata and Mitigation with Carbon Fiber Capacitors. Tanya took 3rd Place in Earth & Space Sciences at CSEF.

Radhika Rawat, grade 12, from Boulder, CO for the project Pre-Initiation Complexes of SREBP-1A and -2: Mediator-Dependent Transcriptional Regulation of Fatty Acid and Cholesterol Metabolism. Radhika took 1st Place in Medicine & Health and was the 3rd Place Best Individual Project at CSEF.

Nikki Schmidt, grade 11, from Merino, CO for the project Mixing Prescriptions? The Inactivation of Tamoxifen By SSRIS on Lumbriculus variegatis. Nikki received an Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health at CSEF.

Emily Schnoor, grade 12, from Monte Vista, CO for the project The Answer Is in the Solution. Emily took 1st Place in animal Sciences at CSEF.

Diane Schulze, grade 10, from Denver, CO for the project Error in MRI: Bias, Random Error and the Power of Suggestion. Diane took 3rd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at CSEF.

Nathaniel Thompson, grade 12, from Brush, CO for the project The Dynamics of Induced Hovering Flight in an Oscillating Airflow at Various Frequencies. Nathaniel took 3rd Place in Physics at CSEF.

Sara Volz, grade 9, from Colorado Springs, CO for the project Enhancing Algae Biofuels: The Effects of Nitrogen Limitation and Carbon Dioxide Infusion on the Oil Yields of Nannochloropsis oculata. Sara took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Grand (Place) Award Winners

Jesse Ellison from Bayfield High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.

Tanya Petach from Fairview High School won $1,500 (2nd Place) in Earth & Planetary Sciences.

Ben Armstrong from Monte Vista High School won $1,000 (3rd Place) in Environmental Sciences.

Nikki Buhrdorf from Hotchkiss High School won $1,000 (3rd Place) in Plant Sciences.

Kelli Lynch from Rocky Mountain High School won $1,000 (3rd Place) in Microbiology.

Emily Schnoor from Sargent Jr/Sr High School won $1,000 (3rd Place) in Animal Sciences.

Vikash Hypio from Hotchkiss High School won $500 (4th Place) in Behavioral & Social Sciences.

John Parish IV, home schooled, won $500 (4th Place) in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.

Sara Volz from Cheyenne Mountain High School won $500 (4th Place) in Energy & Transportation.

Tonya Pavlenko & Laura Gudvangen from Palmer High School won $500 (4th Place) in the Team Category.

Kelly Christensen & Molly McMahon from Monarch High School won $500 (4th Place) in the Team Category.

Special & Government Award Winners

Ben Armstrong won $3,000 in savings bonds, a certificate and a gold medallion from the United States Army.

Jesse Ellison won a trip to visit CERN from the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Jesse also won $500 (2nd Place) from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Kelli Lynch won $500 (4th Place) from the American Society for Microbiology.

John Parish IV won a tuition scholarship of $4,000 and a trip to the London International Youth Forum from the United States Navy & Marine Corps.

Tanya Petach won $250 (3rd Place) from the American Geologic Institute. Tanya also won $1,500 (1st Place) from the Association for Women Geoscientists.

Radhika Rawat from Boulder High School won a summer internship from Agilent Technologies. Radhika also won a certificate, a book on the endocrine system and a t-shirt (Honorable Mention) from the Endocrine Society.

Diane Schulze from Cherry Creek High School won $500 (3rd Place) from the American Psychological Association.

Emily Schnoor won $1,000 (2nd Place) from the States United for Biomedical Research.

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