Washington State Students Win Two National Science Competitions

May 9th, 2012

The Fifth Annual International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad, known as I-SWEEEP, took place in Houston TX last week.  Nearly 700 young scientists with 440 projects attended the competition. All finalists earned the chance to compete in I-SWEEP at local, regional, and national science competitions.  The I-SWEEEP Awards were valued at nearly $200,000 in scholarships, monetary prizes, tuition grants, and scientific internships.

Sathvik Ramanan, first place winner at the ISWEEP competition

Three top awards were given at the competition:  one each for energy, engineering and environment.  Sathvik Ramanan of Hanford High School, Richland WA won the top award for the energy category with his project,  “Effect of Chemical Induction on the Direct Conversion of Cellulose to Aviation Biofuels by Fungi Gliocladium Species”    Ramanan was nominated for the I-SWEEEP competition by the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, where he won the top first place gold award.  He will compete at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh PA next week.

Andrew Burnell from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall won a Bronze Medal for his project, “Green Refrigeration by Application of the Magnetocaloric Effect, Year II.” Andrew has competed in the CSRSEF for 3 consecutive years, most recently winning the second place award in Engineering.


Kira Powell posing with her award winning project

Kira Powell, from Odessa High School, did further work on her “Development of a Novel Sodium Polyacrylate Seed Treatment” project and has won an unprecedented first place award for the second straight year at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, held last week in Bethesda Maryland.  Kira will again receive $12,000 and represent the US at the London Youth Science Forum in August.  Kira was also the 2012 silver award winner at the Mid Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair and will be competing next week at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.