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2017 COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

The 62nd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 6 - 8, 2017.

This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 333 projects represented by 374 finalists from 129 schools and 13 regions within the state. More than 220 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 75 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 250 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 College, 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 thirteen one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. Colorado College awarded a $500 merit scholarship to attend CC this summer as a pre-college student. The Colorado School of Mines awarded eight $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships. Colorado State University awarded eight $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 five $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 three $500 renewable scholarships and five $1,000 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 2016 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 27 sponsors. Sponsors included 4 Diamond Sponsors (providing over $10,000), 1 Platinum Sponsor (providing between $5,000 - $9,999), 3 Gold Sponsors (providing between $2,500 - $4,999), 7 Silver Sponsor (providing between $1,000 - $2,499), and 12 Copper Sponsors (providing between $500 - $749). In addition, there were 9 company contributors (less than $500 each) and 29 individual contributors. Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.


This year, the CSEF was honored to have Mr. David Aucsmith, from the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington as the guest speaker.

Conflict in Cyberspace - Past, Present & Future

Mr. Aucsmith's talk examined conflict in cyberspace - crime, espionage, and warfare - from both an historical and technical perspective. It looked at the current state of cyberspace and why conflict is inevitable. It also provided an analysis on how conflict is likely to evolve and the career opportunities that evolution is likely to create.

David Aucmsith is a senior computer scientist and technology leader with over 30 years of experience in industry, government and academia. His current research interests include the security of cyber-physical systems.

He has worked in a variety of security technology areas including secure computer systems, secure communications systems, security architecture, random number generation, cryptography, and cryptographic systems, steganography and network intrusion detection. Aucsmith is a former officer in the US Navy and has written extensively on cybercrime, cyber espionage and cyber warfare.

He has been a representative to numerous international, government and academic organizations including the National Academy advisory board on Survivability and Lethality Analysis and the Directorate Advisory Council for the National Security Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Labs. He is co-chairman of the FBI's Information Technology Study Group, a member of the President's Task Force on National Defense and Computer Technology and a member of the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid Senior Industry Review Group. Aucsmith was also US industry representative to the G8 Committee on Organized, Transnational and Technological Crime where he participated directly in the G8 summits in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.

Aucsmith holds 33 patents for digital security and is a member of the advisory board for the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently lectures at the Navel Postgraduate School and USAF Air War College.


2017 COLORADO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TOP AWARDS

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 Los Angeles, CA May 14 - 19, 2017. First place went to Isani Singh, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project Worse Outcomes in Turner Syndrome Women Compared to Women Without Turner Syndrome. Second place went to Elliot Gorokhovsky, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Adding Data-Aware Sort Optimizations to C-Python. Third place went to Molly Nehring, Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 10, for the project Dancing with the Stars: Simulating Multi-Star Solar Systems & the Probability of Planetary Ejection. Fourth place went to Seth Young, The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, grade 12, for the project Applied Biomineralization: Increasing Magnetosome Formation in AMB-1 for Industrial Purposes Through Genetic Recombination of Genes Essential to Magnetosome Formation and Mutation Mediated by UV Radiation. Fifth place went to Aubrey Berger, Eagelcrest High School in Centennial, grade 11, for the project Mechanized Collection of Organic Spider Silk.

The winner of the Ralph Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Elia Gorokhovsky from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 10, for the project A Method for the Reduction of Time Error in the Ensemble Adjustment Kalman Filter.

The winner of the Elemer Bernath Technical Writing Award was Anika Fergusson from Summit Charter Middle School in Boulder, grade 8, for the project pH and Probiotics: Is Traditional Yogurt Better?

The winner of the Senior Division Student Choice Award was Seth Young, grade 12 from The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, for the project Applied Biomineralization: Increasing Magnetosome Formation in AMB-1 for Industrial Purposes Through Genetic Recombination of Genes Essential to Magnetosome Formation and Mutation Mediated by UV Radiation. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Kathryn Kummel, grade 8 from North Middle School in Colorado Springs, for the project Gone with the Wind: The Horseshoe Vortex Behind Tree Islands on Pikes Peak & Impact on Tree Growth.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Angel Castillo, West Grand High School in Kremmling.

The winners of the Pioneers of Science Awards were:
Katelyn Carpenter, Dolores Middle School in Dolores, grade 7, for the project Bite;
Sophie Eschallier, Mancos Middle School in Mancos, grade 6, for the project Exercise: A Wonder of Science;
Chance Hill, Walt Clark Middle School, grade 6 for the project The Stroop Effect;
Kaydee Dodge, Craver Middle School in Colorado City, grade 8, for the project Pumpkin Preservation Part 3: Evaluating Hazards of Petroleum Jelly as a Jack 'o Lantern Preservative;
Adrian Pizano, Rocky Ford Jr/Sr High School in Rocky Ford, grade 8, for the project Testing the Waters;
Kadence Kunselman, Walsh Jr/Sr High School, grade 7, for the project I've Got the Power;
Leighton Burt, Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista, grade 12, for the project Life Saving Locating: Developing Autonomous Avalanche Rescue Part 3;
Ellie Clark, St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 7, for the project Fabric Nanofinishing: Adventures in Textile Engineering;
Paul Knight, Miller Middle School in Durango, grade 8, for the project Tidy Up Those Tailings;
Eden Sears, Liberty School in Joes, grade 8, for the project Ripples in the Water;
Elizabeth Sundheim, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Loveland, grade 8, for the project Monte Python and the Search for the Perfect Plinko Placement;
Jeffrey Knutson, Manzanola Junior High School in Manzanola, grade 7, for the project Behind the Screen (of Gaming);
D'Neil Doyle, Walsh Jr/Sr High School in Walsh, grade 8, for the project Dangerous Temptations;
Sarah-Cate Ogden, Eaton Middle School in Eaton, grade 8, for the project Fat Cat;
Anika Fergusson, Summit Charter Middle School in Boulder, grade 8, for the project pH and Probiotics: Is Traditional Yogurt Better?;
Thomas Ferrell, Home School in Durango, grade 6, for the project Learning Physics Using a Pendulum and an Arduino; and
Anuradha Prakash, Summit Charter Middle School in Boulder, grade 8, for the project Pee Is for Plants.

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award was Dr. Lorry Getz of Liberty Middle School in Denver. Dr. Getz received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in her classroom and school. Dr. Getz also received an Inventor's Kit from SparkFun Electronics.

The other nominees for the Teacher of the Year Award were John Wiley from Challenge School in Denver; Nicole Schnee from St. Columba Catholic School in Durango; Terri Paulson from Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista; and Amy Melby from Yuma High School in Yuma. They also received an Inventor's Kit from SparkFun Electronics.

The 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition. This year 9 Colorado students were named Semi-Finalists and Kathryn Kummel was chosen as a Finalist to attend the Broadcom MASTERS competition in Washington, DC in October.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an official 2017 Press Release.

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