Media Release- CSEF Winners at 2016 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair


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Students From Danbury, Greenwich, Hamden, and New Haven Take Home $7,000 In Awards From Intel’s Global Science Competition

Grand Awards Ceremony, Friday, May 13

Grand Awards Ceremony, Friday, May 13

PHOENIX, Ariz., May 16, 2016 – Five Connecticut students won awards at the 2016 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science & engineering fair. The student delegation went all expenses paid as part of their prize for earning top awards at this year’s Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). Bob Wisner, CSEF’s Director, traveled with the students to the Fair, held in Phoenix last week, and was impressed as always with their work – “it is rewarding to see our students’ technical accomplishments recognized, especially,” he said, “at such a prestigious venue like Intel ISEF.”

The Connecticut students were among the 1,700 competitors from over 75 countries competing at ISEF. In addition to earning thousands in prizes and scholarships, the young scientists and engineers took home memories and lessons from their week in Phoenix. They met with judges in the top of their field, and befriended fellow students from all over the world. “This year’s theme, ‘Think Beyond’, encourages us not only to become a part of the rapidly developing field of science, but also to lead it – to take the initiative in a new generation of scientists and pave the way for novel innovations unimaginable just a decade ago,” said Martha Haddad of Danbury who won a third place in the chemical energy category. Such inspiring experiences were a hallmark of ISEF for this year’s Connecticut delegation, and are indicative of the powerful intersection that science and world perspectives has on students.

Get blog posts from the Connecticut students, as well as photos.


“CRISPR Based Gene Editing Confers Resistance to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)”

2016 CSEF ISEF Winners; l-t-r: William Yin, Sanju Sathish, Aakshi Agarwal, Sophie Edelstein, Martha Haddad

2016 CSEF ISEF Winners; l-t-r: William Yin, Sanju Sathish, Aakshi Agarwal, Sophie Edelstein, Martha Haddad

Aakshi Agarwal, 17, Junior, Hamden High School
Category: Biomedical and Health Sciences, 3rd Place – $1,000 cash award

“The Optimization of Nanoparticle-Based Drug Delivery of Melittin in a Colloidal Suspension as a Selective Method to Target HIV Structural Antigen p24
Sanjeev-Kumar Mamalapuram Sathish, 16, Junior, Greenwich High School
Category: Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1st Place – $3,000 cash award

“Novel Glycerol-Free Biodiesel Production Using Enzyme Catalysis”
Martha Haddad, 16, Junior, Immaculate High School, Danbury
Category: Energy: Chemical, 3rd Place – $1,000 cash award

“Development of a Portable, Tattoo-Based Biosensor for the Non-Invasive, Low-Cost Diagnosis of Atherosclerosis via Iontophoresis of Macrophage-Targeting Silver Nanoparticles”
William Yin, 16, Junior, Greenwich High School, Greenwich
Category: Biomedical Engineering, 2nd Place – $1,500 cash award

“Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), 3D Printed, Bipartite Surgical Implant: An Alternative and Supportive Cure for Internal Coxa Saltans in Female Adolescents”
Sophie Elizabeth Edelstein, 15, Freshman, Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven
Category: Biomedical Engineering, 4th Place – $500 cash award

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