Young Scientists From Around The World Receive Total Of $3 Million In Scholarships And Prizes
Students from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Quebec Win $50,000 Young Scientist Scholarships
CLEVELAND, May 16, 2003 - More than $3 million in scholarships and prizes were awarded to high school innovators and scientists from around the world today at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college science competition. Students from 36 countries presented ideas at the Cleveland event that were aimed at improving national security, enhancing space shuttle tile design and bettering the lives of the disabled.
The top prizes - called the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Scholarships - were awarded to Elena Leah Glassman, Doylestown, Penn.; Lisa Doreen Glukhovsky, New Milford, Conn.; and Anila Madiraju, Montreal, Quebec. Each receives a $50,000 scholarship and a high-performance personal computer.
"A passion for science and mathematics ensures that many Intel ISEF finalists will become tomorrow's great scientists and innovators," said Intel CEO Craig Barrett. "As these students embark on their professional lives, I hope they will collaborate across national boundaries to find solutions to global issues and change the world for the better."
Glukhovsky, 17, won a top prize for her Earth and Space Sciences project titled, "A Rapid, Accurate Method of Determining the Distance to Near-Earth Asteroids." Glukhovsky's project demonstrated that simultaneous imagery using amateur astronomy equipment and techniques is a viable and repeatable method of determining the distance to nearby asteroids. Glukhovsky's observations were submitted to the Minor Planet Center, enabling NASA scientists there to refine their estimates of distances between earth and target asteroids.
Glassman, 16, won a top prize for her Computer Science project titled, "Brain-Computer Interface for the Muscularly Disabled." Glassman's project translates brain wave data into information that can be read by a computer. The project could some day enable those with severe muscular dystrophy to access computers without physically interacting with them.
Madiraju, 17, won a top prize for her Medicine and Health project titled, "Silencing Cancer with RNA." Madiraju discovered a way to use ribonucleic acid, a genetic material, to selectively target and kill cancer cells. This technique can avoid the side effects of many of today's common anticancer drugs.
Awards to Teachers, Affiliated Fairs and Schools
The Intel Excellence in Teaching Award grand prize - consisting of a $20,000 teaching grant, $3,500 cash and a high-performance computer - was awarded to Guoshou Zeng, who teaches First Middle School of Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China. Zeng encourages students to question, investigate, and put forward original ideas in their scientific investigations and analyses.
Student Awards by Region
More than 500 students received scholarships and prizes at the Intel ISEF. The following are the Best of Category awards by region:
- Connecticut: Lisa Doreen Glukhovsky, 17, New Milford High School, for Earth and Space Sciences.
- Michigan: Samuel James Amberson Howell, 16, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, for Biochemistry. Ethan James Street, 18, Winston Churchill High School, Livonia, for Mathematics.
- New York: Jarryd Brandon Levine, 17, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Port Washington, for Microbiology. Simeon McMillan, 17, Uniondale High School, for Zoology.
- Pennsylvania: Elena Leah Glassman, 16, Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, for Computer Science.
- Florida: Anant Ramesh Patel, 18, Astronaut High School, Titusville, for Gerontology.
- South Carolina: Katherine Douglas Van Schaik, 16, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, for Environmental Sciences.
- Virginia: Sita Chandrika Palepu, 17, James Madison High School, Vienna, for Behavioral and Social Sciences.
- North Dakota: Brian Lee Fisher, 17, Mandan High School, for Botany.
- Oregon: Ryna Karnik, 16, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, for Engineering.
- Quebec: Anila Madiraju, 17, Marianopolis College, Montreal, for Medicine and Health.
- Mairead Mary McCloskey, 17, Loreto College, Coleraine, for Physics.
- Denis Alexandrovich Malyshev, 16, Moscow Chemical Lyceum, for Chemistry.
Other Major Awards
For a complete list of all award recipients, visit www.sciserv.org/isef.
- Anila Madiraju, Quebec; Anant Patel, Florida; and Ethan Street, Michigan, won the Seaborg Stockholm International Youth
Science Seminar (SIYSS) Award, which is a trip to attend the SIYSS event and the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in December
- Andrew Ascione, David Bennett, and Aaron Schulman of Broadneck Senior High School, Annapolis, Maryland, won the
European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which is an all-expense paid trip to attend the EU Contest to be held in
Budapest, Hungary in September 2003.
- Wesley Fuller, Blair Kowalinski, and Kyle Marsland, of Hamilton High School, Chandler, Arizona won the MILSET
(International Movement for Leisure in Science and Technology)-Expo-Sciences International award, which is an all-expense
paid trip to the Ninth International Youth Science Exhibition event to be held in Moscow in July 2003.
The Intel ISEF brings together students from approximately 40 countries. Student finalists in secondary schools emerge from a field of 1 million students who competed in more than 500 regional and affiliated science fairs during the past academic year. Intel and the Intel Foundation contribute more than $100 million annually toward the improvement of science and math education.
The Intel ISEF has been administered for the past 54 years by Science Service, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages through publications and educational programs. For more information on Science Service and the Intel ISEF, visit www.sciserv.org.
Intel's sponsorship of the International Science and Engineering Fair is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, which is focused on collaborating with educators around the world to improve the quality of science and mathematics education and to help students develop the higher level thinking skills they need to participate and succeed in a knowledge-based economy. For more information, visit www.intel.com/education.
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