A total of thirteen student finalists from Washington State competed at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ May 12-17. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition with more than 1,600 young competitors representing 443 affiliate science fairs from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories. Approximately 900 judges from academia and industry made the final selections.
CSRSEF Grand Champion, Isaac Harper, 14, from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, won a 3rd place Grand Award and $1000 in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology for his project, “Enhancing Maturation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocytes by Triiodothryonine Treatment and Nanopatterned Substrates”. Isaac was inspired to study heart regeneration after discovering that his 3 year-old brother had a serious genetic heart condition that required a transplant.
CSRSEF First-Runner Up, Thorsen Wehr, 16, also from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, won a 3rd place Grand award and $1000 in the category of Physics and Astronomy for his project “Focusing Sound Waves Using a Two-Dimensional Non-Linear System: Phase II”. Thor developed a lens that is able to focus sound waves to a single point and has potential applications in both medicine and defense.
CSRSEF first place award winner Alisha Saxena, 16, Interlake High School, Bellevue, won the 3rd place Grand Award, $1000, an Arizona State University Provost Scholarship, $2500, and the United Technologies Award, $3000, for her project, “Improving Cardiovascular Health and Fitness Levels by Optimizing Workout Efficacy Through Human Sensory Augmentation With a Microprocessor Controlled, Cloud Connected Electronic Sensors”.
CSRSEF honorable mention recipient Meera Srinivasan, 15, Interlake High School, Bellevue, won the 4th place Grand Award, $500 for her project, “Rett Syndrome: Determining the Optimal Viral System for Gene Therapy”
The team of Jake Hecla, 18, Aviation High School, Des Moines, Ray Maung, 17, Kentwood High School, Kent, and Rian Chandra, 18, Capitol High School, Olympia won the Second Place Grand Award and $1500 for their project “Investigation of Anisotropic Neutron Production in a Farnsworth lEC Fusion Reactor”. They also won the First Award from the American Coalition for Plasma Science ($1500) and will each receive the right to name a recently discovered minor planet (asteroid) by the World Astronomical Union.
Sumukh Bharadwaj, 17,Capitol High School, Olympia, won Fourth Place Grand Award, $500, and the Society for Experimental Test Pilots, Second Award, $500 for his project, “Configuring a biplane airfoil for practical application and sonic boom reduction in subsonic to supersonic”
Meghal Sheth, 15, Camas High School, Vancouver, won the American Veterinary Medical Association First Award, $1000, for her project, “Using Zebrafish as a Model to Identify the Causes of Mechanosensory Hair Cell Death and Hearing Loss”
Alexis Harroun, 18, Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, won the Endocrine Society Second Award, $250, for her project, “Identifying Biomarkers That Predict the Onset of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus”
Congratulations to all of the students who qualified for the International Fair. We are incredibly proud of your accomplishments!