Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Winners

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.

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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, MD
  • 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, FL
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 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winners: Top row (left to right): Dr. Ladonna Lewis (APA Lead Judge), Sarah Fendrich, Divya Vatsa, Emily Wood. Not pictured: Nikhil Patel. Bottom row (left to right): Sapna K. Patel, Kashfia Rahman, Sophia Hawley, Jessica Li Huang

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

2012

May 13-18, 2012, Pittsburgh

First Place Award of $1,500:
  • Nicholas Joseph Corpuz, 17, Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science, Murray, Utah.  Quantifying Implicit Stereotypes through the Cognition of Ambiguous Speech Associated with Visual Meanings.

Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • L. Elisabeth Burton, 16, Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho, N.M.  A Big Fat Deal, Phase III: Attributions of Body Talk, Risk, Assessments of Steroid/Dietary Supplement Use, Perceptions of Media Images, and Self-Esteem.

Third Place Awards of $500:
  • Brandon Gary Ramnath, 16, Christian Brothers’ College, Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa.  The Development of an Educational Board Game to Improve the Study Techniques of High School Students.
  • Benjamin Jake Kornick, 17, Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, N.Y.  OMG: Look Who Joined Facebook!  The Relationship between Parenting and Adolescent Risk Behaviors. 
  • Katherine Michelle Mangialardi, 18, Ossining High School, Ossining, N.Y.  An Investigation of the Economic, Social, and Consequential Factors that Affect Moral Decision-Making: A Behavioral and fMRI Study.
  • Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat, 17, Ain Jalout Secondary School, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. An Innovative Method for the Comprehensive Textual Reading Ability of the Visually Impaired. 
  • Abhilasha Gokulan, 15, Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, Ark.  Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Neurodegenerative Disorders: Using PC12 Neuronal Cells as a Model.

Top Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah MashatTop Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat; Bottom Row (left to right): Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, Katherine Mangialardi

Top Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat
Bottom Row (left to right): Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, Katherine Mangialardi

2011

May 8-13, 2011, Los Angeles

First Place Award of $1,250 (tie):
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, 15, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Growing Up “In Sync”: Connecting a Bridge to an Autistic Mind’s World.

  • Liza Joely Strauss, 18, Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y. A Study of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Arithmetic Combinatorial Processing Using Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Olivia A. Dure, 16, The Altamont School, Birmingham, Ala. Brain Plasticity: The Effect of Age (A Two Year Study).

  • Neel Sanjay Patel, 16, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla.  An Analysis of Listener Perception and Visual Replication of Sonifications: A Third Year Study.

  • Samantha Michelle Phillips, 18, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, N.Y. Strategies Utilized by People with Autism and Neuro-Typical Individuals to Determine Emotion in Faces.

  • Rachel Emily Reon, 17, The Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Hampton, Va. Behavioral Evidence for Cerebral Asymmetry in Green Anoles.

  • Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, 16, Colegio GGE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.  Problematizing Pedagogy as a Nutritional Education Strategy: A Social Constructivist Approach.

Left to right: Rachel Emily Reon, Liza Joely Strauss, Olivia Dure, Neel Sanjay Patel, Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Adelina Adrina Cozma, Samantha Michelle Phillips, Emily Leary
Rachel Emily Reon, Liza Joely Strauss, Olivia Dure, Neel Sanjay Patel, Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Adelina Adrina Cozma, Samantha Michelle Phillips, Emily Leary

Left to right: Rachel Emily Reon, Liza Joely Strauss, Olivia Dure, Neel Sanjay Patel,
Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Adelina Adrina Cozma, Samantha Michelle Phillips, Emily Leary

2010

May 9-14, 2010, San Jose, California

First Place Award of $1500:
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.  Slow It Down to Speed It Up: Breaking through the Window of Autism.

Second Place Award of $1000:
  • Joseph Hunter Yagoda, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, N.Y. Risky Business: What Cognitive Factors Influence Risk Taking in the Academic Setting?

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Athman Ramana Adiseshan, Ramana Academy, San Jose, Calif. Ethology of Friendship among Adult Male Bonnet Macaques (Macaca radiata) at Arunachala Hill, India.

  • Lindsey Brooke Saunders, Union County High School, Lake Butler, Fla. A Comparative Study of Comprehension Differences in Struggling Readers Using Phrase and Character Spaced Models, Year Three.

  • Revanth Kosaraju, The Harker School, San Jose, Calif. The Predictability and Abstractness of Language: A Study in Understanding and Usage of the English Language through Probabilistic Modeling and Frequency.

  • Diane Elizabeth Schulze, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo. Error in MRI: Bias, Random Error, and the Power of Suggestion.

  • Mariah Bruns, Saint Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Annelise Cummings, Cleveland High School, Portland, Ore.; Alexander Eskil Harding, Cleveland High School, Portland, Ore. Ask PEAT: Determining if Online Music Videos are Safe for Teens with Photosensitive Epilepsy.

2009

May 10-15, 2009, Reno, Nevada

First Place Award of $1500:
  • Trisha Paige Nussbaum, Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, N.Y. How Harry Potter Can Help You Get a Higher SAT Score: The Effects of Context and Familiarity on Vocabulary Retention in Adolescents.

Second Place Award of $1000:
  • Nicole Traci Goldbaum, Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, N.Y. The Impact of Grade-Level and Gender on High-School Students Self-Regulated Learning Strategies.

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Elliot E.A. Prince, Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore. Efficacy of Peer-Delivered Sleep Hygiene Education on Sleep Hygiene Practices, Sleep Quality, and Mood in Evening-Type Adolescents.

  • Jonathan Dean Loucks, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill. Socioeconomics and Public Education: An Examination of Factors and Policies that Narrow the Achievement Gap.

  • Alessandra Fellin Rossi, The Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands, Texas. Give Us a Sign.

  • Gina Mamdouh Gayed, Dar El Tarbiah American School, Cairo, Egypt. Secret Factors Affecting the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Egyptian Governmental Hospitals.

  • Estefania Arand and Cristhian Emmanuel Fink, Escuela de Comercio No. 2 "Gral M.M. de Guemes," Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina. Burnout Syndrome at School

2008

Atlanta

First Place Award of $1,500:
  • The Effect of Visually Enhanced Medicine Labels on Recall Ability
    Reed Hurdle Falkner, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.
    Taylor Michael McGraw, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.
    Bradley Douglas Shields, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.

Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • A Study of Varying Harmonic Spectrum Exposure on Students' Concentration
    during Spatial Reasoning Examination as Assessed via Fourier Analyses

    Vivian Alice Lee, 17, Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, Texas

Third Place Award of $500:
  • What's In and What's Out: High Schoolers' Perceptions of Coolness
    Shelby Marie Raye, 15, Manatee High School, Bradenton, Fla.

  • The Ability to Learn: Learning and Communication between Comet Goldfish
    Kaleigh Anne Eichel, 17, Strongsville Sr High School, Strongsville, Ohio

  • The Devolution of Cooperation: An Examination of Excessive Noise in the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
    Thomas McLean Burr, 16, South Fork High School, Stuart, Fla.

  • It's A Guy Thing: How Fathers Affect Daughters' Dating Habits
    Emily Rose Summerbell, 16, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Ga.

  • A Discussion About Equality: A Gender Study in the Classroom
    Mary Alysandra Patzel, 18, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.
    Jessica Rae Cummins, 17, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.