2018 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

Adams State University awarded seven $5,000 Porter Scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded eight $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships. Colorado State University awarded 13 $1,000 renewable tuition scholarships to each of the 1st place senior division category winners who were eligible. Colorado State University, Pueblo awarded one $1,000 tuition scholarship. 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 Pioneers of Science Awards are named after famous scientists and are sponsored and judged by members of the Board of Directors. The winners for 2018 were:

  • Temple Grandin Award: Cash Walker from Orchard Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction, grade 7, for the project Suffocating Shrimps?
  • Sigmund Freud Award: Josie Gundrey from St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 8, for the project Back Up Dude
  • Margaret Mead Award: Grace Farrell from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Denver, grade 6, for the project Bare Your Teeth!
  • John Dalton Award: Pearl Soundron from Classical Conversations in Monument, grade 8, for the project Ions Can't Fly
  • Lise Meitner Award: Madison Tajchman from Imagine Charter School in Firestone, grade 8, for the project Water U Drinkin'?!
  • Edwin Hubble Award: Serenity Foutz from Bayfield Middle School in Bayfield, grade 7, for the project Plants vs. Water: A Battle of Soil Erosion
  • Christa McAuliffe Award: Joshua Vu from The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, grade 7, for the project Maximizing Efficiency When Generating Clean Energy
  • Hedy Lamar Award: Braden Wedel from Stratton Schools in Stratton, grade 8, for the project The Effect of Sand/Gravel Ratio on the Strength of Concrete
  • Gifford Pinchot Award: Amber Gilmore from Lamar Middle School in Lamar, grade 8, for the project Purifying the Arkansas
  • Grace Hopper Award: Barrett Aronson from St. Columba Catholic School in Durango, grade 6, for the project What Is Wrong with My WiFi Signal?
  • Alan Turing Award: Chance Hill from Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland, grade 7, for the project Combating Pick Pockets of the Future
  • G. V. Black Award: Georgia Hartley from Challenge School in Denver, grade 8, for the project Mind the Gape: The Effect of Tension on the Gaping of Structures
  • Louis Pasteur Award: Lucian Grinnan from Sacred Heart Academy in Burlington, grade 8, for the project Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!
  • Chen-Shiung Wu Award: Caleb Siegling from Fort Morgan Middle School in Fort Morgan, grade 7, for the project Antibubbles and Surface Tension
  • Luther Burbank Award: Victoria Arellano from Heaton Middle School in Pueblo, grade 6, for the project It's Lit

The winner of the CSEF Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, was Terri Paulson from Sargent Jr/Sr High School in Monte Vista. Ms. Paulson received a $3,000 grant to use towards scientific research in her classroom and school.

The other nominees for the award were Robin Staker from Lamar Middle School in Lamar, Dr. Paul Strode from Fairview High School in Boulder, and Annette Humphrey from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Denver.

The 63rd Annual Colorado Science & Engineering Fair was held at the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University - Fort Collins campus on April 5 - 7, 2018.

This year, 374 Colorado students presented 326 projects from 112 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 interviewed the student finalists and conferred Special Awards that included college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash, and savings bonds. Over 1,200 people attended the Award Ceremony this year.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award and Special Award winners or print an official 2018 Press Release.

The 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 23 sponsors. Sponsors included 3 Diamond Sponsors (providing over $10,000), 1 Platinum Sponsor (providing between $5,000 - $9,999), 2 Gold Sponsors (providing between $2,500 - $4,999), 7 Silver Sponsor (providing between $1,000 - $2,499), 1 Bronze Sponsor (providing between $750 - $999) and 10 Copper Sponsors (providing between $500 - $749). In addition, there were 6 company contributors (less than $500 each) and 41 individual contributors.

This year, the CSEF was honored to have Dr. Janet McAllister, from the Centers for Disease Control in Fort Collins, CO as the guest speaker.

Science Behind Integrated Mosquito Management: It's Not Just Spraying

Many people still think of mosquito control as just spraying from a truck. Actually, there is a lot of science behind how to best control mosquitoes. Knowledge of mosquitoes themselves, non-target organism impacts, pathogens, toxicity, chemistry, equipment engineering, water management, modeling, physics of very small droplets and more all lead to making mosquito control happen in a responsible way that protects both people and the environment. The need for multiple disciplines to come together as a team to tackle real life saving problems is what keeps me fascinated with mosquitoes and their control. In this talk, I will present what a mosquito control response looked like in Miami, Florida during a Zika virus outbreak and how knowledge from different scientific disciplines helped in making decisions.

Janet McAllister is a Board Certified Medical Entomologist. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University. Her PhD in Entomology is from the University of Arkansas.

She currently works at the Centers for Disease Control in Fort Collins, CO where she is a research entomologist with the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. Dr. McAllister conducts field and laboratory research on vector control and insecticide resistance in important vectors of arboviruses.

Current projects focus on evaluating how larvicide applications using trucks and aircraft effect populations of mosquitoes that use small containers in the urban environment. In addition, Dr. McAllister serves as the subject matter expert and point of contact for vector control after disasters, deploying to Texas and US Virgin Islands in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. Dr. McAllister also served as vector control team leader for the CDC Zika virus response.

Dr. McAllister is active in the American Mosquito Control Association and Entomological Society of America. She has served as the President of the American Mosquito Control Association, West Central Mosquito and Vector Control Association, and Louisiana Mosquito Control Association.

The top 5 Senior Division project exhibitors (individual or team) won a trip to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, PA May 13 - 18, 2018:

  • 1st Place - Isaac Jordan from Southwest Colorado eSchool in Ignacio, grade 12, for the project A Novel Approach for Sensing Seismic Events: Applications of Graphene Nano Flake Powder Composites.
  • 2nd Place - Edwin Bodoni from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, grade 11, for the project Bruxism: A Novel Diagnostic Approach.
  • 3rd Place - Anand Chundi from SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, grade 10, for the project Identifying Downstream Targets of HCFC1: A gene Linked to Severe Neurological Disease.
  • 4th Place - Alyssa Rawinski from Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project Mealworms . . . A Potential Solution to the Global Plastic Problem.
  • 5th Place - Casey Shaw from Liberty School in Joes, grade 12, for the project An Analysis of Compositional Characteristics of Two Distinct Fossil Butte Member Localities.

Read more about the full Intel ISEF Colorado Delegation here.

All 1st and 2nd place Junior Division category winners were nominated for the national Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition. Read more about the Semi-Finalists and Finalists here.

The winner of the Ralph Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Stephanie Zhang from Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Developing a Novel Inhibitor for Cdc14 in the Fungus Aspergillus niger.

The winner of the Elemer Bernath Technical Writing Award was Matthew Anderson from Challenge School in Denver, grade 8, for the project Redesigning Ventilation to Minimize Airborne Pathogen Transmission in Multiple-Bed Hospital Wards.

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

The Senior Division Student Choice Award winner was Stephanie Zhang, grade 12 from Fairview High School in Boulder, for the project Developing a Novel Inhibitor for Cdc14 in the Fungus Aspergillus niger.

The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Kelly Clingan, grade 8 from Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland, for the project Can We Prevent Concussions in Sports and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Later Life?


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