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The 60th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 9 - 11, 2015.

This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 339 projects represented by 391 finalists from 114 schools and 13 regions within the state. More than 190 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 70 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 180 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, and savings bonds. Over 1,200 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year.

Scholarships from Adams State University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and University of Colorado, Boulder were also presented. Adams State University awarded fourteen one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded seven $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships. Colorado State University awarded eleven $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships to each of the 1st place senior division category winners who were eligible. The College of Natural Sciences at CSU also awarded four $1,000 tuition scholarships to each of the Senior Division CSEF Best Project award winners. Colorado State University, Pueblo awarded one $1,000 tuition scholarship. The University of Colorado, Boulder awarded eight $500 renewable scholarships. The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair 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 2015 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 32 sponsors. Sponsors included 3 Diamond Sponsors (providing over $10,000), 2 Platinum Sponsors (providing between $5,000 - $9,999), 5 Gold Sponsors (providing between $2,500 - $4,999), 7 Silver Sponsor (providing between $1,000 - $2,499), and 15 Copper Sponsors (providing between $500 - $749). In addition, there were 8 company contributors (less than $500 each) and 21 individual contributors. Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.

This year, the CSEF was honored to have Mr. Steve Struna, president of Bayswater Exploration & Production as the guest speaker.

A World of Energy

Mr. Struna presented on "The World of Energy" - where it comes from, how it is used and the need for advances in science and technology as world-wide energy consumption grows in the twenty-first century. Topics included global energy supply and demand; the future of renewable energy; the role of hydrocarbons in the energy picture; responsible energy development in Colorado; the great "fracking debate"; and the critical need for science and engineering talent to ensure that natural resource development and maintaining a pristine, sustainable environment are not mutually exclusive.

Mr. Steve Struna is a Colorado native and graduate of Denver's North High School. Mr. Struna received his BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University; and MSC in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines; and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has 34 years of experience of petroleum industry experience in engineering, operations, finance planning and general management. Prior to launching Bayswater Exploration & Producation, he held a wide variety of positions with BP, Amoco, Tenneco, and Schlumberger. Mr. Struna is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, another supporter of the CSEF.


The top four Senior Division project exhibitors (individual or team) win a trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, PA May 10 - 15, 2015. First place went to Mary Hood, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project SMART Cane: A Technology Integrated Device to Reduce the Fall Susceptibility of the Elderly. Second place went to Logan Collins, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project An RK2 Mediated Bacterial Conjugation Delivery System for Artificial Genes Coding for Antimicrobial Polypeptides: A Novel Synthetic Biology Approach to Antibiotic Resistance. Third place went to Elliot Gorokhovsky, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 10, for the project A Novel Algorithm for Model Counting. Fourth place went to Sam Scheeres, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Rigorous Constraints on Exchange for the 3-Body Problem.

The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Margaret Preigh from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Pulsing Electromagnetic Radiation at 50/60 Hz as a Pest Repellant in Insects.

The winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Stephen Parish, grade 12, home schooled in Colorado Springs, for the project Cyber Automated Report Linker (C.A.R.L.): Minimizing Expansion of Catastrophic Cyber Infiltrations. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Kaybree Keating, grade 8, Emilee Wells, grade 6, andKaytlyn Keating, grade 6, Weldon Valley School in Weldona, for the project Zapped Electro-Culture: The Effect of Electricity on Germination and Growth of Seedlings.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Morgan Voss, Beulah School of Natural Sciences in Beulah.

The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Avi Swartz, grade 10, Tyler Giallanza, grade 10, and Ian Johnson, grade 12,Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, for the project Developing a Class Scheduling Program with Minimum Conflicts for Large Schools;
Emma Hackett, St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 8, for the project Daily Dose;
Paige Newman, North Arvada Middle School in Arvada, grade 7 for the project The Effect of Air Pressure on Different Brands of Duct Tape;
Grace Varga, American Academy in Parker, grade 7, for the project Brush It or Buzz It: The Comparison of Rotating and Vibrating Toothbrushes;
Robin Bahrami, Summit Charter Middle School in Boulder, grade 8, for the project The Soundasaurus: Digital Sound Analysis Using Signal Processing Algorithms;
William Highfill, Corwin International Magnet School in Pueblo, grade 6, for the project Spoiled Rotten;
Nicole Miller, Ortega Middle School in Alamosa, grade 7, for the project Blue Bottle Blues;
Kale Hall, Cortez Middle School in Cortez, grade 8, for the project Put Me In, Coach;
Orian Wagers, Woodlin School in Woodrow, grade 7, for the project Turn Down That Sound;
Greg Watts, Monte Vista Middle School in Monte Vista, grade 7, for the project Are All Pellets Created Equal?;
Jacob Wright, Walsh Jr/Sr High School in Walsh, grade 8, for the project Wind in My Mane;
Katelynn Salmon, Monument Academy in Monument, grade 8, for the project Effect of Microbeads on Daphnia Heart Rate;
Cassandra Blew, La Veta Jr/Sr High School in La Veta, grade 8, for the project Beneath the Ashes: How to Reduce Flash Flood Rates on Hydrophobic Soil Layers After a Fire;
Jessica Fiala, St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 8, for the project Disinfecting Power; and
Alexandra MacAskill, Holy Family Catholic School in Grand Junction, grade 8, for the project Rock On!.

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Diego Martinez of Center High School in Center. Mr. Martinez received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in his classroom and school. Mr. Martinez also received an Inventor's Kit from SparkFun Electronics.

The other nominees for the Teacher of the Year Award also received an Inventor's Kit from SparkFun Electronics. The nominees included Pat Keeling from La Veta Jr/Sr High School in La Veta, Linda Niccoli from Liberty School in Joes, Dr. Paul Strode from Fairview High School in Boulder, and John Wiley from Cherry Creek Challenge School in Denver.

The 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition. This year, 4 Colorado students were named as Semi-Finalists and Evelyn Bodoni was chosen as a Finalist to attend the Broadcom MASTERS competition in Silicon Valley, CA in October. Evelyn won the Rising Star award and will be attending the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ next May with the Colorado ISEF Delegation.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an official 2015 Press Release.

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