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2012 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair

North Carolina had a total of 12 student projects represented at the 2012 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA on May 13 - 18, 2012. ISEF had a total of 1,549 student finalists from 68 different countries, regions, and territories. The 16 North Carolina students who worked on these projects were representing the NC Science and Engineering Fair (12 students with 8 projects), the Central Regional Fair ( 2 students with 2 projects), and the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Fair (2 students with 2 projects). Our students won six awards at the Special Awards Ceremony and at the INTEL ISEF Grand Awards the North Carolina students won five awards:

American Society for Microbiology

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science membership organization in the world. Members worldwide represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specializations plus a division for microbiology educators. The ASM's awards honor the most outstanding microbiology projects.

  • First Award of $2,500
    • MI308 Isolation, Identification and Characterization of Endophytes from Cherokee Medicinal Plants: Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima), Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens), and Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)
      • Meredith Grace Tooley, 14, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina
      • Erika Kate Williams, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina
      • Jenna Kristine Petterson, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina
  • Fifth Award of $400
    • MI027 Anti-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Bacterial Symbionts on Aneides aeneus Epidermal Tissue
      • Sarah Katherine Johnson, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

The Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) is a leading research center located in Trento, Italy. WebValley, started in 2001, is the FBK Summer School program for interdisciplinary scientific research. A team of enthusiastic and motivated high school students and FBK researchers accept a project challenge proposed by a scientist. This year's project will study a new type of interface to big data and on-line spatial data analysis in 2D/3D cell environments. It is planned to extend the use of open source GIS and WebGIS solutions to micro/nano scales. The project shall enable the sharing between scientists of multi-scale studies, the overlay of cell models and real data, and user interaction based on Kinect and Android interfaces. FBKs Board of Directors will award Intel ISEF finalists full fellowships, including travel to Italy, to be part of the WebValley team from June 17- July 7, 2012.

  • Award to Travel to Trento, Italy to participate in "Web Valley" summer school CB021 Human Mutations Associated with Heart and Pancreatic Disease Cause Adipogenesis Defects in Mice and in a Cell Culture Model
    • Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, 17, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Founded in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research, answering basic questions like: What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there that will make life better here on Earth? NASA's notable achievements since its founding include developing leading edge flight technology, putting the first man on the moon, putting rovers on Mars, exploring deep space through the eyes of Hubble Space Telescope, launching a fleet of weather and communications satellites, flying the first reusable Space Shuttle to provide regular access to space, providing vital scientific climate research, and assembling an orbiting laboratory of the International Space Station. NASA's vision is to continue to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind, and they are excited to honor projects that have those same goals.

  • Third Award of $1,000
    • PH040 Carbon Nanostructures via Dry Ice Exposed to High Temperature
      • Kevin Murray Frink, 17, Isaac Bear Early College High School, Wilmington, North Carolina

Patent and Trademark Office Society

Promotes the U.S. Patent and Trademark system's growth and well-being, and fosters a true appreciation of these systems, recalls our rich heritage of innovation and commerce, and cultivates the highest standards of professional ethics among patent practitioners. The PTO extends this mission to the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. These awards encourage young inventors to develop new and useful products, and to pursue careers in science and technology.

  • First Award of $250
    • CB021 Human Mutations Associated with Heart and Pancreatic Disease Cause Adipogenesis Defects in Mice and in a Cell Culture Model
      • Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, 17, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

K. T. Li Foundation Special Award

Trip to Taiwan to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair in February. This award includes a round trip ticket, most meals, accommodations and activity expenses for the winners.

  • Trip to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair
    • PH040 Carbon Nanostructures via Dry Ice Exposed to High Temperature
      • Kevin Murray Frink, 17, Isaac Bear Early College High School, Wilmington, North Carolina

INTEL ISEF Grand Awards:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology - 3rd Place - Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, 17, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (NCSEF)
  • Energy and Transportation - 4th Place - Parth Chetan Thakker, 15, South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, North Carolina (Charlotte/Mecklenburg Fair)
  • Environmental Sciences - 3rd Place -
  • Meredith Grace Tooley, 14, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina
  • Erika Kate Williams, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina
  • Jenna Kristine Petterson, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina (NCSEF)
  • Environmental Sciences - 4th Place - Sarah Katherine Johnson, 17, Brevard High School, Brevard, North Carolina (NCSEF)
  • Physics - 3rd Place - Kevin Murray Frink, 17, Isaac Bear Early College High School, Wilmington, North Carolina (NCSEF)

International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment, Project Olympiad - Houston, TX, May 3-7, 2012

Top high school researchers from all over the world displayed their innovative ideas at the George R. Brown Convention Center of Houston, TX for the 2012 International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment, Project Olympiad, (ISWEEEP). Over 1000 participants shared the ideas, experience, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability in near future. North Carolina had four student projects with five students presenting. All won awards!

  • Silver Engineering Medal:
    • Jaehyeong Lee (NCSSM) and Robert Gourley ( ), Quantum Efficiency of a Silicon Solar Cell Measured Using an LED Spectrophotometer
  • Silver Environmental Medal:
    • Avi Aggarwal (NCSSM), Effect of thiols on the environmental fate of silver nanoparticles
  • Bronze Environmental Medal:
    • Samuel Christensen (Home school), Effects of impervious surface runoff during storm events on stream chemistry
  • Honorable Mention Environmental:
    • Natalia von Windheim (NCSSM), Use of lipophilic fertilizers and surfactants to enhance oil degradation by B. cereus