Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Winners

2018

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 13-18, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories competed at ISEF. To participate, the finalists first competed against fellow students at 420 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair selected two individual projects and one team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 22 different categories: Animal Sciences; Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA); Biochemistry; Biomedical and Health Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Earth and Environmental Sciences, Embedded Systems; Energy: Chemical; Energy: Physical, Engineering Mechanics; Environmental Engineering; Materials Science; Mathematics; Microbiology; Physics and Astronomy; Plant Sciences; Robotics and Intelligent Machines; Systems Software; and Translational Medical Science.

As a Special Awards Organization, APA grants seven awards to the best projects representing psychological science. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

The following awards were given by APA. The First, Second, and Third place award winners received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA. The Honorable Mention winners received an award certificate.

2018 ISEF winners 

Bottom row (left to right) Emma Bilton Hannah Bilton, Taala Aboalnaja, Daniella Feistritzer, Dr. Ara Schmitt (APA Judge and Presenter).
Top row (left to right) Natalia Murillo, Rebecca Volkov, unidentified student, Ephraim Oyetunji, Adam Rilatt, Matthew Mullahy.

First Place Award of $1,500
  • Alterations in Oligodendroglia Lineage Cells and their Impact in Major Depressive Disorder 
    Matthew Ryan Mullahy, 17, Smithtown High School, East St. James, New York

Second Place Award of $1,000
  • The Effect of Altering Drosphila Gut Microbiata on Mate Choice, Immunity, Memory, and Aggression 
    Natalia Nicole Murillo, 18, Pascack Hills High School, Montvale, New Jersey 
    Rebecca Volkov, Pascack, 17, Hills High School, Montvale, New Jersey

Third Place Award of $500
  • A Rapid Prediction Method for Epileptic Seizures Using Machine Learning Algorithms 
    Suraj Modi, 16, Mountain View High School, Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • Using Python to Develop Twitter Personas 
    Adam Joseph Rilatt, 15, Central York High School, York, Pennsylvania
    Daniella Feistritzer, 15, Central York High School, York, Pennsylvana

  • Improving Communication for the Visually Impaired Through an Innovative Arabic Writing System 
    Taala Fahad Aboalnaja, 14, Third Intermediate School in Dhahran, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

  • The Effect of Metformin on Post Traumatic Brain Injury Learning and Learning Disabilities 
    Emma Elizabeth Bilton, 18, Yorktown High School, Yorktown Heights, New York 
    Hannah Rose Bilton, 18, Yorktown High School, Yorktown Heights, New York

  • Treating Parkinsons Neurodegeneration in Diabetic, Paraquat-exposed Drosophila by Increasing Caffeine Intake 
    Ephraim Oyetuni, 17, American Heritage School, Miramar, Florida

Honorable Mention
  • Better Decision Making: Forecasting or Surrogation? 
    Alyssa Knowles, 16, Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas
  • Externality Framing Effects on Cognition 
    Emma Grace Sun, 15, The Waterford School, Sandy, Utah
  • Assessment of Fall Risk Associated with High Heeled Foorwear Utilizing Computerized Dynamic Posturography: A Two-Phase Study 
    Alexis McFeely, 16, St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Hampton Cove, Alabama
  • A Quantifiable Method to Detect and Monitor ADHD: The Use of Facial Motion-Based Behavioral Cues Analysis Using Deep Neural Network and RGBD Data 
    Ishaan Maitra, 16, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • The Impact of Emotionally Targeted Branding on Social Behavior 
    Phoebe Mae Yates, 17, Institute for Collaborative Education, Brooklyn, New York
  • Investigating the Relationship Between Polling Building Type and Voting Results: A Study in Priming 
    Noah Ball Robinson, 17, Bangor High School, Bangor, Maine
  • Improving Facial Expression Recognition in Parkinson’s Disease Using Meditation 
    Ben Weiss, 17, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, Hawaii 
    Kaitlynn Weiss, 15, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, Hawaii
  • Unplugged: Quantifying the Effects of Technology on Adolescent Sleep and Mood 
    Louise Aehyun Hostrup Kim, 16, Breck School, Golden Valley, New Mexico 
    Spencer Lee Yueh, 17, Breck School, Edina, New Mexico
  • Can a Preventative Social Media UI Break “Fake News?”
    Ryan Miles Beam, 16, Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley, California

2017

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 14-19, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories competed at ISEF. To participate, the finalists first competed against fellow students at 421 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair selected two individual projects and one team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 22 different categories: Animal Sciences; Behavioral and Social Sciences BEHA; Biochemistry; Biomedical and Health Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Embedded Systems; Energy: Chemical; Energy: Physical; Engineering Mechanics; Environmental Engineering; Materials Science; Mathematics; Microbiology; Physics and Astronomy; Plant Sciences; Robotics and Intelligent Machines; Systems Software; and Translational Medical Science. As a Special Awards Organization, APA grants seven awards to the best projects representing psychological science. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

2017-isef-group

Bottom row (left to right) Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson (APA Presenter), Deepa Bhuvanagiri, Hiba Muhy, Ben Weiss. Top row (left to right) Makenna Gabel, Karen Scharlau, Sapna Patel, William Snyder, Jacob Hall.

First Place Award of $1,500
  • Education on Stereotypes: Are Children More Receptive than Adults?
    Deepa Bhuvanagiri, 18, Eureka High School, Eureka, Missouri
Second Place Award of $1,000
  • The Effect of Highway Font Type on Readability of Text Under Blurred Conditions
    Jacob Hall, 18, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, Arlington, Virginia
Third Place Award of $500
  • RoboGlove: A Design for Engagement and Hedonic Motivation with Visual-Spatial for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children, Phase II
    Hiba Muhyi, 18, Arrowhead Park Early College High School, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Effects of Cellular Devices on Teen Driving 
    Karen Scharlau, 18, Cochrane-Fountain City High School, Fountain City, Wisconsin
    Makenna Gabel, 17, Cochrane-Fountain City High School, Fountain City, Wisconsin
  • Evaluating Autism Connectivity Abnormalities Through Functional Fingerprinting
    William Snyder, 19, Severna Park Senior High School, Severna Park, Maryland
  • Suggested Memory Therapy: A Novel Treatment for Psychological Inflexibility
    Ben Weiss, 17, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, Hawaii
  • Kemotions: Keys to Emotional Cues
    Sapna Patel, 17, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Florida
Honorable Mention

Self Image of Athletes with Disability: A New Meaning

Isabela Dombrady, age, Colegio Giordano Bruno, Brazil

2016

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair ISEF was held May 8-13, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Approximately 1,700 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories competed at ISEF. To participate, the finalists first competed against fellow students at 419 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair selected two individual projects and one team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 22 different categories: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, biomedical and health sciences, biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, earth and environmental sciences, embedded systems energy: chemical, energy: physical, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, materials science, mathematics, microbiology, physics and astronomy, plant sciences, robotics and intelligent machines, systems software, translational medical science.

As a Special Awards Organization, APA grants seven awards to the best projects representing psychological science. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

The following awards were given by APA. All winners received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

2016 ISEF Group

Bottom row (left to right): Sapna K. Patel, Kashfia Rahman, Sophia Hawley, Jessica Li Huang
Top row (left to right): Dr. Ladonna Lewis (APA Lead Judge), Sarah Fendrich, Divya Vatsa, Emily Wood. Not pictured: Nikhil Patel

First Place Award of $1,500
  • MeEmo: An Autism Destroying Avatar, Year Two
    Sapna Patel, 15, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla.
Second Place Award of $1,000
  • Redefining the Neurological Basis of Fluid Intelligence: Investigating Connection Strength and Network Strength of Resting State functional Connectivity
    Jessica Huang, 17, Jericho High School, Jericho, N.Y.
Third Place Award of $500
  • Making the Mind Matter: Stress Mindset Effects on Sleep Quality, Stress Response, Emotion and Cognition in the Developing Adolescent Brain and the Role of the Prefrontal-Amygdala Circuit
    Kashfia Rahman, 15, Brookings High School, Brookings, S.D.
  • Individual Neural Network Activity Patterns Underlie Complex Cognitive Task Performance: An fMRI With Clinical Implications
    Sarah Fendrich, 17, Ossining High School, Ossining, N.Y.
  • CRANIOMETRIX: Developing Innovative Cognitive Tests to Diagnose Alzheimer's Early, Year Four
    Nikhil Sanjay Patel, 16, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla.
  • A Study of Biases in Perception
    Sophia Alexandra Hawley, 14, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.
  • Cognitive and Brain Measures in Middle-Aged Autistic Spectrum Disorder Individuals: Where Are the Differences?
    Divya Vatsa, 17, BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz. 
    Emily Wood, 17, Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, Ariz.

2015

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair ISEF was held May 10-15, 2015, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Approximately 1,700 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories competed at ISEF. To participate, the finalists first competed against fellow students at 422 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair selected two individual projects and one team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 17 different categories: animal sciences; behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry; cellular and molecular biology; chemistry; computer science; earth science; engineering — electrical and mechanical; engineering — materials and bioengineering; energy and transportation; environmental management; environmental science; mathematical sciences; medicine and health; microbiology; physics and astronomy; and plant sciences.

As a Special Awards Organization, APA grants seven awards to the best projects representing psychological science. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winners: Top Row (left to right): Yousuf Asfari, Colter Norick, Colin Norick, Margaret Steiner, Arsh Shah Dilbagi. Bottom Row (left to right): Sarah Asfari, Tran Minh Hieu, Le Hoang Nhat, Aansh Shah, Alexandra Garth, Tammy Hughes (APA)

Top Row (left to right): Yousuf Asfari, Colter Norick, Colin Norick, Margaret Steiner, Arsh Shah Dilbagi.
Bottom Row (left to right): Sarah Asfari, Tran Minh Hieu, Le Hoang Nhat, Aansh Shah, Alexandra Garth, Tammy Hughes (APA)

The following awards were given by APA. All winners received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

First Place Award of $1,500
  • Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones: Middle School Students' Perceptions of Bullying
    Aansh Shah, 17, Roslyn High School, Roslyn, New York
Second Place Award of $1,000
  • Stay Tuned! Comparing the Effects of Long and Short-Term Auditory Stimulation for Increasing the Sensitivity of a Person’s Hearing
    Alexandra Zoe Garth, 16, Redeemer Baptist School, North Parramatta, Australia
Third Place Awards of $500
  • The Effect of Multitasking on Reading Comprehension in Teens
    Colter Norick, 17, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Montana
    Colin Norick, 16, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Montana
  • Game Theoretic Model of Genetic Discrimination
    Margaret Caroline Steiner, 17, Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Constructing a Carcinogen Indicator Application Based on Statistical Analysis of Statewide Cancer Incidences in Relationship with Graphical Consumer Data
    Sarah Asfari, 17, Al-Huda School, College Park, Maryland
    Yousuf Asfari, 15, Al-Huda School, College Park, Maryland
  • Intranasal Insulin Enhances Spatial Memory and Cognitive Adjustment
    Tran Minh Hieu, 17, Lam Son High School for the Gifted, Thanh Hoa, Viet Nam
    Le Hoang Nhat, 17, Lam Son High School for gifted students, Thanh Hoa, Viet Nam
  • TALK — An AAC Device: Converting Breath into Speech for the Disabled
    Arsh Shah Dilbagi, 17, DAV Public School, Panipat, India

2014

May 11-16, 2014, Los Angeles

First Place Award of $1,500:
  • Leighton Braunstein, 17, The Dalton School, N.Y. 
    Adolescent Loss of Lis1 Results in Defective Hippocampal Morphology and Distinct Behavioral Deficits Resembling a Schizophrenic-Like Phenotype.
Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • Timothy James Fossum Renier, 16, Duluth East High School, Duluth, Minn.
    Hand Hygiene Gone Viral? A Study of Student Involvement in a Social Media Campaign as a Method of Bringing Hand Hygiene to the Masses.
Third Place Awards of $500:
  • Petra Luna Grutzik, 18, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif.
    Linking Expression and Function of FoxP2 in Adult Songbirds Using Operant Preference Testing.
  • Ashley Maye Hamlin, 16, Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
    Light Speed: A Measure of Ocular Phototransduction Using Pulsed Light Emitting Diodes.
  • Michelle Maria Marquez, 14, Math and Science High School at Clover Hill, Midlothian, Va.
    The Paradox of Emotional Dimensionality: The Effect of the Dimensionality of Audio Stimuli on the Brain's Electrical Activity, a Neuroscience Study.
  • Colin Norick, 15, Colter Norick, 16, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Mont.
    The Correlation Between Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Cognitive Function in Health Teens.
  • Chloe Sherry, 17, John Adams High School, South Bend, Ind.
    A Study of the Effects of Transplantation of Tissue from Planarian Flatworks Conditioned with Light-Shock Therapy into Naïve Planarian Flatworms.

2014 Intel Winners

Top Row (left to right): Petra Grutzik, Colter Norick, Colin Norick, Timothy Renier
Bottom Row (left to right): Michelle Marquez, Leighton Braunstein, Chloe Sherry, Ashley Hamlin, Maha Khalid (APA)

2013

May 12-17, 2013, Phoenix

First Place Award of $1,500:
  • Abigail Claire Orlando, 18, Eastchester High School, Eastchester, N.Y.
    The Effect of Emoticon Stimuli on Human Facial Muscle Activation and Social Evaluation using Electromyographic Technology: A Novel Determination.

Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, 17, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
    Neural Plasticity: Novel Language Learning through Digital Technology.

Third Place Awards of $500:
  • Ryan Silva, 17, University High School, Tucson, Ariz.
    A Model of Medial Entorhinal Cortex Grid Cell Remapping.

  • Avinash Kumar Pandey, 15, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
    Improving Long-term Compliance to Life Saving Medications.

  • Leighton Anne Braunstein, 16, The Dalton School, New York.
    Developmental Gene Lis1 in the Adult Brain is Necessary for Spatial But Not for Novelty Memory.

  • Heidi Marie Smith, 17, Jessica Leigh Joyce, 18, Loudoun County Academy of Science, Sterling, Va.
    Investigating the Roles of A2A and TrkB Receptor Proteins in Response to the Cholesterol and Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor in an Alzheimer’s Disease Model
    .

  • Tejas Dharmaraj, 15, Manav Sevak, 16, Chandler High School, Chandler, Ariz.
    Indicting Alzheimer's: Novel Methods of Preventing Glial Scarring through the Downregulation of Cerebral Vimentin and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein.

2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Winners

Top Row (left to right): Cheryl Conrad, PhD (APA judge), Adelina Cozma, Jessica Joyce, Heidi Smith, Tejas Dharmaraj, Manav Sevak, Caitlin Crowley (APA)
Bottom Row (left to right): Abigail Orlando, Avinash Pandey, Ryan Silva, Leighton Braunstein