Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Award Funded by the Van Slyke Foundation

The Intel ISEF fair is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. Now more than 50 years old, this fair is the world's only science project competition for students in the ninth through twelfth grades.

The 2011 fair was held in May in Los Angeles, California. AACC was represented by Farah Eghlim-Irani, PhD, Kelly Chun, PhD and Yinhua Han, PhD. They served as special awards judges for the AACC-sponsored awards. AACC extends a hearty thank you to these individuals for volunteering their time for this event.

The awards for this program were funded by a generous gift from Genzyme to the Van Slyke Foundation, which enables the prizes to be as follows: first, second and third place prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively, and two Honorable Mention prizes at $250 each.


ISEF 2011

First Place

“3-Dimensional Bio-imprinting of Proteins and Viruses”
Kelsey Skyler McKenna, Alan Czemerinski, Tom Wang, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY

Second Place

“A New Way in Diagnostics of Bronchial Asthma”
Erika Gedeonova, Sportovni Gymnazium Kladno, Kladno, CZECH REPUBLIC

Third Place

“Regulation of Nitric Oxide Expression as a Form of Neurotransmiter Plasticity”
Vaishnavi Lakshminarasimha Rao, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, Ca

Honarable Mentions

“KLF4 and KLF4-alpha: Working Together to Fight Pancreatic Cancer”
Jiawen Wei, Bellaire Senior High School, Bellaire, TX

“RT-PCR Genotypic Analysis of Four Mex Efflux Pumps in Pan-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Development of Novel Phenotypic Detection Method by MIC with EPI”
Kevin Z. Xin, Shanghai American School, Shanghai, CHINA

Comments from our Judges

“The students amazed me with the novel conception and brilliant execution of there respective studies. They exhibited an impressive maturity of scientific thinking. The studies conducted by them would definitely form valuable basis in developing new strategies for therapy in clinical application.” –Farah Eghlim-Irani, PhD

“It was a great pleasure interacting with young brilliant minds at work. I was inspired by their energy, curiosity, hope and courage to solve the toughest challenges of our world. The students floored me with the depth of their scientific understanding, ingenuity, dedication and sophisticated presentation skills. I had to keep reminding myself that these are just high school kids. Lately there is a lot of negative media coverage about our math and science education lagging behind. This event made me so happy and reassured me that we are in good hands with the coming generation of scientists and engineers.” –Kelly Chun, PhD

“It is honor to spend two days judging at the fair. I was impressed by the passion for science and engineer of all the participants and their understanding of the project. All the kids demonstrated their potential and will represent a better future for all of us.” –Yinhua Han, PhD

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