CSEF Winners Head to 2019 International Science & Engineering Fair

Posted: 8 May 2019

Filed Under: In The News, ISEF, Newsletters, Our Fair

Hello Science Fair Friends, Sponsors, and Alumni,


The nine top high school winners of the 2019 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair head to Phoenix, Sunday, May 12, to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest precollege science and engineering competition. Once again, sorry to say leaving on Mother’s Day!

Intel ISEF takes place Sunday through Friday, May 12-17. We are continuing our tradition of providing newsletters of our students’ adventures for our sponsors and friends. The newsletters will be emailed to you and will be posted on the Fair’s website.

A limited number of photos will be attached to the emails but a great many more will be available through the CSEF website. See Photos There will be approximately six email newsletters, one for each major event, and each written by the CSEF competitors.

Get the ISEF Week Program and follow along with us.

Throughout the week ISEF hosts a rich number of Symposia. Get Symposia Schedule Check them out– There’s much to learn!

  • Sunday – Meet at Bradley Airport at 7:00 am for breakfast, then fly out at 9:10 am and change planes in Chicago. Arrive Phoenix 3:23 pm, check into hotel, have lunch, go through the registration process and in the evening the students are off to the Student Pin Exchange
  • Monday – We will finish setting up projects and having them inspected by Display Rules & Safety Committee. Early evening is the Opening Ceremony Dinner. The evening concludes with the Opening Ceremony.
  • Tuesday – Clear any Project Violations (hopefully, None!), head out to Mesa, Arizona and go on the Desert Belle boat tour; Return to attend the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Panel and  the Excellence in Science and Technology Panel with Nobel Laureates. Then it’s off to the ISEF Welcome Event at Chase Field followed by a ballgame- Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Wednesday – Judging Interview from 8 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch, and then the Evening features Adult and Student mixers.
  • Thursday – Public Viewing with students at their displays to explain their research to visiting school groups. Symposia sessions and After dinner, the first of the awards programs, the Special Awards Ceremony,  7:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Friday – Grand Awards Ceremony, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Pack up projects, and have lunch and wind down. Check out local Phoenix attractions.
  • Saturday – It’s back to the real world- Fly out at 8:58 am, change planes in Chicago, and arrive Bradley at 6:31 pm.

CSEF Competitors – Get Biographies and Project Abstracts Here

l-t-r: Raina Jain, Melissa Woo, Saira Munshani, Cynthia Chen, Annika Morgan, Srikar Godilla, Cristian Rodrigues, Sirina and Anisa Prasad


Cynthia Chen, Junior, Greenwich High School, Greenwich
A Green Nanotechnological Approach for Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Tungsten-doped Vanadium Dioxide Thermochromic Smart Windows Competing in “Energy: Physical” • See Cynthia’s Poster

Srikar Godilla & Cristian Rodriguez, Seniors, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Windsor,
Development of In-Situ Fabrication Techniques of Martian Construction Material 
Competing in “Materials Science” • See Srikar’s and Cristian’s’s Poster

Raina Jain, Sophomore, Greenwich High School, Greenwich
Control of Varroa destructor Infestation with a Dual-function, Thymol-Emitting Honey Bee Hive Entranceway
Competing in “Animal Sciences” • See Raina’s Poster

Annika Morgan,  Senior, Joel Barlow High School, Redding
The Effect of Deuterium Oxide (D2O) on the Viability of Coliphage Bacteriophages under Low Temperatures as a Model for Stability in Live Attenuated Viral Vaccines
Competing in “Biochemistry” • “See Annika’s Poster

Saira Munshani, Junior, Hopkins School, New Haven
Finding a Therapy for Wolfram Syndrome: Exploring a Calcium Signaling Pathway as a Target for a Disease without a Cure
Competing in “Biomedical and Health Sciences” • See Saira’s Poster

Anisa and Sirina Prasad, Seniors, Staples High School, Westport
Optimization of High-Efficiency Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells via a Novel Polycaprolactone Additive Pathway
Competing in “Energy: Physical” • See Anisa’s and Sirina’s Poster

Melissa Woo, Junior, Greenwich High School, Greenwich
Rapid, Smartphone-Based Diagnosis of Skin Melanoma through Differences in Tumor Cell Thermal Regulation Combined with Diffuse Spectroscopic Analysis
Competing in “Biomedical Engineering” • See Melissa’s Poster

Accompanying Adults

  • Ann Frattalone, ISEF Week Coordinator, Regular Awards Chair, Connecticut Technical High School System (retired)
  • Susan DeCorte, CSEF Chief of Judging, Board Member
  • Dr. Frank LaBanca, CSEF Fair Director, Board Member, Principal, Westside Middle School Academy
  • Bob Wisner, CSEF Fair Board Chair, CSEF Competitor 1955-60, United Technologies Research Center and Otis Elevator (retired)

See All the ISEF Finalists

Review the project titles in the Finalist Directory 2019 Coming Soon! and judge for yourself. There is much to be learned from even a project title. See if you can pick the top placing projects in a category just from the title.

On behalf of our Board, Officers, and Executive Committee, thank you for your continuing support of the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. We hope that you enjoy following the week’s activities.

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