At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF
) 2011, leading young minds from Asia-Pacific showcased the region’s innovation potential and delivered one of the strongest performances in the event’s history.
Each year, more than 1,500 students are selected to represent their countries as finalists at the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition. Of the 95 Asia-Pacific students who took part this year, 42 received top prizes (Grand Prize awards). And teams from the region took home two of the three major awards.
For their bid to solve one of today’s most pressing environmental challenges, a team of three students from Thailand took out ISEF’s second place overall prize. Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon discovered gelatin found in fish scales can be used to create biodegradable plastic for materials including food packaging. When the consumption of harmful plastics is considered, the finding could have significant long-term effects. The team’s research earned them the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and $US50,000.(View video)
Jinyoung Seo and Dongju Shin from South Korea claimed the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award, the third place overall prize, for developing a technique to improve the efficiency of water harvesting. The award includes a trip to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, where the young scientists will have the chance to rub shoulders with Nobel Laureates.(View video)
Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Asia Pacific, said: “In 2011, Intel ISEF has once again inspired students to strive for new ways of thinking, while enabling them to promote their work in front of international peers.”
“The performance from students across the region this year has been outstanding. Intel ISEF has the potential to open a world of opportunities for these young scientists and help them to become the leading researchers of tomorrow,” he said.
2011 ISEF APAC award winners:
Australia (View video)
India (View video)
Raghavendra Ramachanderan was awarded the Best of Category Award and the First Place Grand Award in the field of chemistry for his research into drug synthesis.
Ankur Vaishnav and Hetal Vaishnav received a Second Place Grand Award in the field of environmental management for their research in recycling and waste management.
Manosij Dastidar received a Second Place Grand Award in the field of mathematical sciences and a First Place Award from the American Mathematical Society for his research into integer partitions and sequences.
Pramoda Vishnumurthy and Bhargava Subbanna received a Third Place Grand Award for drawing eco-friendly ink from a native tree.
Abhishek Khanna and Akansha Verma received a Fourth Place Grand Award and an award from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation in the field of animal sciences for discovering a naturally-grown weed is an effective pest controller.
Diksha Gupta received an American Society for Microbiology Award for investigating an
eco-friendly antifungal agent.
Indonesia (View video)
Yan Freski and Darmadi Darmadi received a First Place Award for investigating factors behind the deflection of the Opak River’s course to the Indian Ocean. The trend is mirrored by many rivers in the Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Province on the island of Java.
Andrey Halim and Reyner Jong were awarded a Certificate of Honorable Mention by the Society of Exploration Geologists for their research into the use of bamboo-based composites as alternative material for earthquake-resistant building.
Rushia Kanai, Nobutada Kawazoe and Taiki Maehata were awarded Fourth Place Grand Award, earth and planetary science, and the American Meteorological Society’s Certificate of Honorable Mention for their study of volcanic lightning.
Riou Tanaka was awarded Third Place Grand Award, earth and planetary science and the First Place, American Geological Institute Award for research into the reconstruction of sedimentary environment in the Kurotaki Unconformity.
Korea (View video)
For their research into efficient water harvesting, Jinyoung Seo and Dongju Shin won the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award, the Best of Category Award and a First Place Grand Award in the environmental sciences category and the Second Place Prize from King Abdul-Aziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity.
Beom Kim, Yeon Ji Kim and Tae Roh received a Fourth Place Grand Award in the field of engineering for developing a low cost egg incubator that does not need electricity.
Doyeon Baek and Woongui Hwang’s project tackled the issue of global warming by investigating a carbon dioxide storage method using carbonate mineral producing microbes. They received a Fourth Place Grand Award in the field of environmental sciences.
Ji Hun and Junha Park received a Fourth Place Grand Award in animal sciences for their research into the role of erythrocytes in blood coagulation.
For looking at a high-speed method to measure sound frequency, Yulim Kim won a Second Place Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society.
Zawin Najah Zulkefli received a Third Place Grand Award in the field of environmental sciences for her research project called ‘The Green Based Conducting Polymer Sensor’. The sensor is eco-friendly and can be used for the detection of hazardous gases and explosives.
Haleeda Hilmi and Nurul Amira Salehin received a Fourth Place Grand Award in the field of environmental management for their development of a portable detector for insecticides, heavy metals and other unidentified compounds in water. It is designed to enable environmentalists to identify and control water pollution.
Philippines (View video)
Miguel Arnold S. Reyes received a Second Place Grand Award in the field of materials and bioengineering for developing a new biodegradable plastic.
Angeli Joyce Yap Dy received a Fourth Place Grand Award in biochemistry for investigating milkfish serum as an alternative supplement for the culture of human lung and colon carcinoma cells.
Herng Cheng was awarded First Place Grand Award, computer science, the Second Place Award from the Association for Computing Machinery and the Second Place award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society for his geometric study of origami.
Wei Lee and Qin Ng won the Second Place Grand Award in the environmental management category for investigating the adsorption potential of orange peel as a biosorbent.
Taiwan (View video)
Nai-Wen Hu and Janet Yun-Chen Sung received a Second Place Grand Award in physics and astronomy and a Second Place Award in experimental mechanics, for research on the bio-mechanical properties of zebrafish embryo.
Yun-Chen Chien received a Third Place Grand Award in chemistry and the American Chemical Society’s Certificate of Honorable Mention for discovering how to trace insulin through fluorescent nanodots.
Kevin Chen received a First Place Award in veterinary medicine and a Third Place Grand Award in the animal sciences category for his project investigating visual processing in honeybees.
Yu-Jung Chen received a Third Place Grand Award in the field of computer science for improving energy efficiency by reducing the number light emitting diodes (LED) needed on display panels.
Tzu-Hsuan Su was awarded a Second Place Award by the American Mathematical Society for his research into the perfect tiling of a rectangle inside larger rectangles.
Thailand (View video)
Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for discovering gelatin found in fish scales can be used for food packaging. The team also won two awards in the environmental management category – the Best of Category Award and a First Place Grand Award.
Narintadeach Charoensombut, Thanasup Gonmanee and Worrada Junmook won a Fourth Place Grand Award for developing an organic coating that can be used for fruit preservation.