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59th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

The 59th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held April 10 -12, 2014 at the Hilton Fort Collins. Results for the Grand Awards and the Special Awards can be found in the Press Release. Junior Division project abstracts and Senior Division project abstracts are available to downloaded or searched electronically via the website.

2014 Guest Speaker
Dr. Walt Meier
Research Scientist at NASA's Goddard Flight Center

Dr. Meier presented imagery from NASA and other satellites to demonstrate how these data are improving our understanding of climate change and variability; this is particularly true in the polar regions, where satellite resources are essential for monitoring the rapidly changing climate. Dr. Meier's talk took place on Friday, April 11th at 9 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater at Colorado State University.

To participate in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, a student must first be chosen by their Regional Science Fair. All students must also adhere by the rules and regulations regarding pre-college student research as set by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's Scientific Review Committee.

Check out the interview of CSEF Alumni with 9News!


Grand Award Judges - Conflict of Interest Policy

Starting with the 2014 CSEF all grand award judges must comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure a fair judging environment and avoid any possible conflicts of interest, perceived or actual. To this end, we ask that anyone involved in any capacity with a Regional Science Fair that is affiliated with CSEF (e.g., sponsor, teacher, relative of a student or judge at the regional level) must disclose this information when the register as a grand award judge with CSEF.


CSEF Alumni at White House Science Fair

Two Colorado Science and Engineering Fair alumni took part in the White House Science Fair on April 22, 2013. Sara Volz,2013 Intel Science Talent Search winner from Colorado Springs and Easton LaChappelle, 2013 CSEF representative to the Intel ISEF from Mancos were chosen to participate in last year's event. Watch their interviews with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye on You Tube. Also see Easton's interview with President Obama on You Tube.


CSEF Alumni Focus of USA Today Article

Sara Volz and others like her are the focus of an article in USA Today talking about how our young scientists, enginers and mathematicians need to be celebrated and encouraged just the way Olympic athletes are.


CSEF Alumni on TEDxTalks

CSEF Alumni, Intel ISEF & Intel Science Talent Search award winner Sara Volz shares her experience with science fair research projects in this TEDxTalk.

CSEF Alumni & Intel ISEF award winner Easton LaChappelle talks about his robotic arm engineering project in this TEDxTalk.


Future CSEF Dates

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled based on the CSU academic calendar and is always the 12th week of the semester, which starts the day after Martin Luther King Day in January. Future CSEF dates should be:

2015: April 9 - 11
2016: April 7 - 9
2017: April 6 - 8
2018: April 5 - 7
2019: April 11 - 13
2020: April 9 - 11


Grand Award Changes Starting with the 2012 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

In an effort to align with the Intel ISEF, the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair no longer gives out separate team awards. Both individual and team projects compete in each of the 12 categories for 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th and Honorable Mention awards. Then, each of the 1st place category winners, regardless of whether they are an individual or team project are eligible for the Best CSEF Project Awards.

Also, CSEF increased the 1st place award from $125/project to $200/project. 2nd place awards will be $100/project, 3rd place will remain at $50/project and we have now added a 4th place award of $25/project.

The Best CSEF Project Awards will consist of cash awards for the Junior Division (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) and trips to compete at the Intel ISEF for the Senior Division.

For details on the changes, visit the Grand Awards Policy document.


CSEF Historical Items Needed!!

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. Board of Directors is looking to add to the CSEF archives, housed at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University. If anyone has items that might be a great addition to the collection, please contact Elemer Bernath, CSEF Historian.

International Science and Engineering Fair News

Colorado Students to Attend the
Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, CA

The following students will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11 - 16, 2014 representing the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and 10 of the 13 Regional Science Fairs.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Logan Collins, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled The Conjugative Plasmid RK2 As a Delivery System for Artificial AnatheriaH Genes: A Novel Synthetic Biology Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics.

Nurul MohdReza, 12th grade, from Union Colony Preparatory School with the project entitled Year II: Domestic Wastewater Clarification and Power Generation- Increasing the Conductivity of Permeated Electrodes in a Single-Celled Microbial Fuel Cell.

Matthew Hileman, 10th grade, from The Classical Academy College Pathways with the project entitled Cube Satellites: Miniature Satellite Design and Operations for Pulsed Plasma System Applications.

Lawrence Zhang, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitle Suppression of Malonyl-CoA:ACP Transacylase as a Treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

Arkansas Valley
Mitchell Fosdick, 9th grade, from Fowler Jr/Sr High School with the project entitled Phase II: Identification of Isolates of Algae and Biofuel Properties.

Boulder Valley
Hope Weintstein, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticle Enhanced Membranes for Water Filtration: Optimizing Casting Parameters for Global Applications.

Jaimie Zhu, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Sugar Synthesis and the Effect of Glycosylation on Chemotaxis.

Jesse Zhang, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Lunar Tide Contribution to Thermosphere Weather.

Denver Metro
Apurva Subramanian, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Use of Shape Memory Polymers for Neonatal Endotracheal Tubes.

Michael Brady, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Effects of Scaling a Microbial Fuel Cell.

Longs Peak
Jennifer Jones, 11th grade, from Frontier Academy with the project entitled Creating Permutations for Actions on Young Tableaux.

Morgan/Washington
Merritt Singley, 10th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Effect of Frequency on Wave Formation in Sugar Water Mixtures of Various Specific Gravities.

Jacob Nichols, 12th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled An Application of Calculus Principles to Icicle Volume.

Northeast Colorado
Arjana Begzati, 11th grade, from Fleming High School with the project entitled No Bull About It; Antioxidants Prevent DNA Damage.

Tara Cook, 12th grade, from Sterling High School with the project entitled A Study of Pseudomonas putida as a Viable Biofertilizer for Crops in Soils with High Salinity.

Pikes Peak
Roshni Kalkur, 11th grade, from PAir Academy High School with the project entitled The Impact of Deuterium Oxide on the Cell Cycle of RBL Cells via Tubulin-mediated Antimitotic Action.

Rebecca Bloomfield, 9th grade, from Palmer High School with the project entitled The Itch to Twitch: The Effects of DNA, DNase, and degraded DNA on Twitching Motility in Acinetobacter baylyi.

Audra Burke & Jason Mackay, 12th grade, from Yoder High School with the project entitled Testing the Significance of Racial, Age, and Gender Descriptors in Relation to Personal Interaction.

San Juan Basin
Rachel Rossi, 12th grade, from Durango High School with the project entitled Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Remediation in Water: Exploration of Mycoremediation Capabilities of Fungi.

San Luis Valley
Mary Hood, 10th grade, from Sargent High School with the project entitled Hit Me with Your Best Shot: An Arduino Controlled Training Platform for Child Martial Artists.

Tayler Rocha, 12th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled A Potential Management Strategy for the Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher: Effects of Early Season Wildfire on Foraging and Nesting Riparian Habitat.

Western Colorado
Sarah Stalcup, 12th grade, from Delta High School with the project entitled Riparian Area Multiple Indicator Monitoring.


Future ISEF Host Cities

Starting in 2011, the following three cities have been chosen to rotate the Intel ISEF for the next nine years:

  • Los Angeles, California - 2011, 2014, 2017
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2012, 2015, 2018
  • Phoenix, Arizona - 2013, 2016, 2019

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