Intel Press Release

Teen Scientists And Inventors From Around The World Awarded $3 Million In Scholarships And Prizes

Students from Germany and the United States Win $50,000 Intel Young Scientist Scholarships

PHOENIX, May 13, 2005 – Projects on a navigational system for the blind, possible discovery of an ancient coastline on Mars and a lower-cost technology to analyze compounds used to protect against disease were the student projects that won top awards today at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The students – Ameen Abdulrasool, Chicago, Ill.; Gabrielle Alyce Gianelli, Orlando, Fla.; and Stephen Schultz, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westahlen – were among 1,447 who competed at the 56th annual international event.

“Intel ISEF reflects what can happen when students are encouraged to pursue a passion and investigate the world around them,” said Craig Barrett, Intel CEO. “It’s truly inspiring to see what today’s award winners have accomplished. I have faith this new generation of young scientists and engineers will help cure diseases, protect the environment and develop breakthrough technologies that will one day change the world.”

Abdulrasool, 18, won a top prize for his Behavioral and Social Sciences project, “Prototype for Autonomy: Pathway for the Blind.” Abdulrasool developed a self-contained navigational system for the visually impaired that combines GPS technology, verbal directional signals, and vibratory signal devices worn as bracelets. Abrulrasool’s project was inspired by his father, who is blind.

Gianelli, 17, won a top prize for her Space Science project, “Fractal Dimension Analysis of Putative Martian Coastlines.” Gianelli used a topographic map of Mars and statistical methods to analyze geologic features that could indicate an ancient ocean coastline. She believes that understanding more about the geologic history of Mars will help foster a better understanding of Earth’s geology.

Schulz, 19, won a top prize for his Chemistry project, “From Synthesis to Analysis of Radical Inhibitors.” Schulz developed new electrochemical methods to analyze flavonoids, strong radical inhibitors that may combat cancer and other diseases. He miniaturized his process to create an inexpensive “lab on a chip” that has the potential for widespread use in research.

“Best of Category” Award Winners
Each year, tens of thousands of students participate in regional affiliated fairs to earn the opportunity to compete at Intel ISEF. They present their projects in one of 14 scientific disciplines: Behavioral and Social Science, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, Space Science and Zoology. The top-scoring student in each project category receives a $5,000 scholarship and an Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-based laptop computer from Intel. These students’ schools and fair directors also receive $1,000 to benefit science and mathematics education and encourage more student involvement in science. Following are the Best of Category award winners by country:

Stephen Schultz Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfahlen, Gesamtschule Buer-Mitte for Chemistry.

Daniel Ratai, 19, John von Neumann Computer Science High School, Budapest, Hungary for Computer Science.

Taiwan, Chinese Taipei:
Pen-Yuan Hsing, 18, and Wei-Kang Huang, 18, Taipei Municipal Lishan Senior High School, Taipei, Taiwan for Team Projects.

United States:
Lesley Elizabeth Ash, 17, Tucson Magnet High School, Tucson for Zoology.
Gabrielle Alyce Gianelli, 17, Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando for Space Science.
Ameen Abdulrasool, 18, Lane Technical High School, Chicago for Behavioral and Social Sciences.
North Dakota: 
Andrew John Friskop, 18, Hankinson High School, Hankinson for Botany.
Jeffrey M. Bhasin, 18, Rocky River High School, Rocky River for Medicine and Health.
Michael Segal, 17, Central High School, Philadelphia for Biochemistry.
Kledin Dobi, 16, Julia R. Masterman High School, Philadelphia for Mathematics.
Stephen Goodwin Honan, 16, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax for Environmental Science.
Nicholas Robert Apau Jachowski, 18, West Potomac High School, Alexandria for Earth Science.
Ryan Thomas Olson, 18, Southwest Virginia Governor’s School, Dublin for Engineering.
Benjamin Albert Schwank, 17, James Madison High School, Vienna for Microbiology.
Michael J. Pizer, 16, University School of Milwaukee for Physics.

Other Major Awards

  • Ameen Abdulrasool, USA, Daniel Ratai, Hungary and Stephen Schultz, Germany won the Seaborg Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) Award trip to attend the SIYSS event and the Nobel Prize ceremonies in December 2005.
  • Pen-Yuan Hsing and Wei-Kang Huang, Taiwan won the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which is an all-expense paid trip to attend the European Union Contest to be held in Moscow in September 2005.
  • Chad Schlottmann, and Michael Olson, USA won the MILSET (International Movement for Leisure in Science and Technology)-Expo-Sciences International award, which is an all-expense paid trip to the International Youth Science Exhibition in Santiago, Chile in July 2005.

Grand Awards are given to first ($3,000) second ($1,500), third ($1000) and fourth place ($500) projects in each category. In addition, special awards worth more than $1.5 million include scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips and laboratory equipment provided by Intel and Science Service, as well as 70 other corporate, professional and government sponsors. For a complete list of all award recipients, visit

The International Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Intel since 1997, is the world’s largest international celebration of science showcasing the world’s most promising young scientists and inventors in grades 9 through 12. The finalists who competed in Phoenix began as part of a worldwide field of several million science fair participants during the past academic year. These finalists went on to compete among 65,000 students at more than 500 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world to win the right to participate at the Intel ISEF.

The fair has been administered for the past 56 years by Science Service, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of science around the globe through publications and educational programs. For more information about Science Service and the Intel ISEF, visit

Intel’s sponsorship of the Intel ISEF is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, a sustained commitment – in collaboration with educators and government leaders worldwide – to help prepare students to succeed in a knowledge-based economy.

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