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Intel ISEF Results

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the Olympics, the World Cup and the World Series of science competition is coming to Pittsburgh in 2012, 2015 and 2018. Held annually in May, ISEF brings together more than 1,700 students from 78 nations to compete for over $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden.

Learn More! As the only local ISEF-affiliated Fair, Covestro PRSEF will award up to four Senior Division students an all-expenses-paid trip to compete at ISEF on May 13-18, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Why should I apply to ISEF? 
I am registered for Covestro PRSEF. Do I still need to apply to be considered for ISEF?
Why is a Research Paper required?
What does it take to make it to ISEF?
What are the deadlines for ISEF?
Message from the ISEF-Pittsburgh Chairperson


Intel ISEF 2017 Results

Four Covestro PRSEF students competed at the Intel ISEF on May 14-19, 2017, in Los Angeles.

The team of Connor Ehrgood and Emily Richard, Ft. Cherry Jr./Sr. High School. Project: SticKey - Communication Made Easy
Jahnik Kurukulasuriya Pittsburgh Allderdice High School
Project: Fusion Genes as Drivers of Breast Metastasis
Shania Khatri, Fox Chapel Area High School
Project: Using Bayesian Network Modeling to Locate Breast Cancer Genes

Congratulations to all the Covestro PRSEF ISEF finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2016 Results

Four Covestro PRSEF students competed at the Intel ISEF on May 8-13, 2016, in Phoenix.
Xiaoxi Gao, Junior at Pittsburgh Allderdice - Project: A Novel Mechanism of Chloroquine in Cancer Therapy 
Natalia Hajlasz, Junior at Pittsburgh Allderdice - Project: Atomistic Simulation of Pathways for Mg2+-Water Dissociation with Rigorous Kinetics 
Alex Miller Senior at Northern Garrett High School - Project: Get Up 'N' Go: Walker Stabilization Device 
and Anya Satyawadi Junior at Shady Shide High School - Project: Popping Bubbles: Relationship between Cell Surface Area and Ultrasound Microbubble Mediated Toxicity. 

Xixi won a Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in the Category of Biomedical and Health Sciences. 
Alex won a Fourth Place Grand Award of $500 in the Category of Engineering Mechanics and $1,200 from the China Association for Science & Technology.
Anya won a full tuition scholarship from Drexel University.

Congratulations to all the Covestro PRSEF ISEF finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2015 Results

Four Covestro PRSEF students competed at the Intel ISEF on May 10-15, 2015, in Pittsburgh.
Mihir Garimella, Sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School - Project: Biologically Inspired Flying Sensor Platform for Autonomous Emergency Response 
Anna Wan, Sophomore at Pittsburgh Allderdice - Project: Targeting Hippo-Regulated Cell Polarity in Breast Cancer 
The team of Suvir Mirchandani and Konrad Urban, Sophomore and Junior at Fox Chapel Area High School - Project: Automated Illustration of Text to Improve Semantic Comprehension 

Mihir won a Second Place Grand Award of $1,500 in Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Third Place of $1,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Third Place of $500 from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, an all-expenses paid trip to CERN-the European Organization for Nuclear Research, all expenses paid trip, to one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research in Switzerland and France in June 2015, and a Certificate of Honorable Mention from the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Suvir and Konrad won a Fourth Place Grand Award of $500 in Systems Software, $1,200 from the China Association for Science & Technology, Second Place of $1,000 from the Association of Artificial Intelligence. In addition, Suvir will be joining Mihir for an all-expenses paid trip to CERN-the European Organization for Nuclear Research, all expenses paid trip, to one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research in Switzerland and France in June 2015.

Anna had the unique opportunity to have lunch with four Nobel Laureates and ask her question to these Nobel Laureates during the Excellence in Science & Technology Discussion Panel during ISEF.

Congratulations to all the Covestro PRSEF Finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2014 Results

Four Covestro PRSEF students competed at the Intel ISEF on May 11-16, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.
Akash Levy, 17, Senior at Taylor Allderdice - Project: Piezoforce Imaging of Confined Oxide Nanowires 
Rishi Mirchandani, 17, Junior at Fox Chapel Area High School - Project: The Impact of Demand Elasticity on the Downs-Thomson and Braess Paradoxes 
Songela Chen, 17, Junior at North Allegheny Senior High School - Project: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Microglial Responses to Myelin Pathology 
Suvir Mirchandani, 14, Freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School
Project: Fuzzy Logic Based Web Browser for the Motor Impaired

Rishi won a Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in Mathematics Science and a Certificate of Honorable Mention from the American Mathematical Society. The AMS was founded in 1888, to further the interests of mathematical research & scholarship, as well as to serve the national/international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy & other programs. Friends and family of the late mathematician, Karl Menger, contribute to a fund in his memory, to be distributed by the AMS for annual awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Suvir won a $1,500 Web Innovator Award from GoDaddy. In addition to offering domain names, website builders and hosting, GoDaddy believes it has a responsibility to make a difference in the community. As part of that philosophy, GoDaddy contributes to nonprofit organizations that focus on causes meaningful to customers, employees and our community. GoDaddy presented the following awards, the Web Innovator Award, the Mobile Application Award, the Open Source Award, the Data Award and the Forward Thinker Award. 
Akash won a Certificate of Honorable Mention from American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society. The AAPT is the premier global professional society established to advance the greater good through physics education. With the support of our members worldwide, AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers who will inspire tomorrow's leaders and decision makers. 

Congratulations to all the Covestro PRSEF Finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2013 Results

Covestro PRSEF awarded three Senior Division students an all-expenses-paid trip to compete at ISEF on May 12-17, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ryan Maurer, 18, Senior at Frazier High School - Project: Rocket Motor Test System -7000 
Rishi Mirchandani, 16, Sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School - Project: Superadditivity and Subadditivity in Fair Division and 
Anishaa Sivakumar, 14, Freshman at Franklin Regional High School
Project: Dictyostelium Discoideum- Novel Diagnostic Tool for Lung Cancer using VOCs. 
Ryan won a Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical and a renewable tuition scholarship of $12,500 from West Virginia University. West Virginia University awarded Academic Excellence or Presidential Scholarships to students whose research and academic aptitude align with WVU's institutional goals and research interests. 

Rishi won a Fourth Place Grand Award of $500 in Mathematics and a Third Place, $1,000, from Mu Alpha Theta, a National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta was formed more than 50 years ago to develop strong scholarship in Mathematics and promote the understanding and enjoyment of the subject. The Mu Alpha Theta Award is given to the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to high school students. Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation. 

Anishaa won a First Place of $500, an American flag and a framed copy of the first patent granted in the United States of America from the Patent and Trademark Office Society. The PTOS is a membership-based organization for Patent and Trademark professionals and other interested individuals. From its inception in 1917, the Society has been dedicated to the improvement and appreciation of the United States Patent and Trademark Systems through promoting the systems' growth and well-being, as well as promoting the social and intellectual welfare of the Society members. 
Congratulations to all the PRSEF Finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2012 Results

Seven Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-18, 2012 in Pittsburgh. They were:
Chareeni Kurukulasuriya-Allderdice High School; Alicia Grabiec-Freeport Area High School; Natalie Nash-Vincentian Academy; Robert Vaerewyck-St. Joseph High School; Elizabeth Posney-Freeport Area High School; 
Calvin Beideman-HomeSchool; Andrew Lingenfelter-Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. 

Chareeni won a Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in Cellular and Molecular Biology for her project Combined Antitumor Effect of Cetuximab and Docasahexaenoic Acid in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck.Natalie won a Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in Computer Science for her project Navigation for the Visually ImpairedNatalie also won $200 for Fourth Place from Association for Computing Machinery, $2,000 Third Place from Ansaldo STS, and $5,000 Award to Travel to Trento, Italy to participate in “Web Valley” summer school, June 17-July 7, 2012.

Congratulations to all the PRSEF Finalists! For a complete listing, visit ISEF Results.


Intel ISEF 2011 Results

Four Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 8-13 in Los Angeles, California. They were Ishan Chatterjee, Fox Chapel Area High School, Adam Dando, Franklin Regional High School, Natalie Nash, Vincentian Academy and Matthew Vernacchia, Upper St. Clair High School. 

Ishan won a Second Place Grand Award of $1,500 in Cellular and Molecular Biology for his project Novel Role of BAT3 in Regulation of Basal Macroautophagy. Adam won a Fourth Place Grand Award of $500 in Environmental Sciences for his project Nitrate Retention Chemistry - Development of an Environmentally-Friendly ManureNatalie won First Place Award of $1,000 from the Association for Computing Machinery for her projectOptimizing Keyboards for People with Disabilities. Matt won three awards: Third Place of $350 from the IEEE Computer Society, Second Place of $750 from Synaptics and the National Taiwan Science Education Center Award which is a trip to Taiwan to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair in February 2012. His project is IrisScribe Eye-Typing Interface. Congratulations to Ishan, Adam, Natalie & Matt!

2010 Results

Two Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 9-14 in San Jose, California. They were Ariel Schroeder from St. Joseph High School and Inga Saathoff from Oil City High School. Ariel was awarded $500 as a Grand Award Winner for fourth place in the Medicine and Health Sciences Category with her project, Improving Stethoscope Hygiene at Two Community Hospitals.

Inga was awarded a Florida Tech Tuition Scholarship Award of $50,000 to be distributed over four years for her project, Assessing the SBOS Method of Identifying T Tauri Stars. Florida Institute of Technology is the only private technological University in the southeastern United States and is located on the Space Coast near Kennedy Space Center . It offers full undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, science, psychology, business, and aeronautics. In addition, as an Intel ISEF finalist, Ariel and Inga were awarded the Sierra Nevada College (SNC) Science Scholarship of $50,000 to be distributed over four years. SNC combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum which emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.


2009 Results

Three Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 10-15 in Reno, Nevada. They are Ariel Schroeder from St. Joseph High School, Jennifer Butchart from Oil City High School and Matthew Stoffregen from Woodland Hills High School. Ariel was awarded $500 as a Grand Award Winner for fourth place in the Medicine and Health Sciences Category with her project, White Coats: Boon or Bane? Ariel was also awarded a scholarship from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued up to $9,000 per year.

Jennifer was awarded $500 as a Grand Award Winner for fourth place in the Physics and Astronomy Category with her project, Identifying T Tauri Stars Using Small-Scale Optical Telescopes. She also was awarded Honorable Mention from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society.

Matthew was awarded $1,000 as a Grand Award Winner for third place in the Mathematics Category with his project, Erdos's Conjecture. He also won 1st place, $1,000 award, from Mu Alpha Theta, National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society and Honorable Mention from the American Mathematical Society. Congratulations Ariel, Jennifer and Matthew!


2008 Results

Three Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 11-16 in Atlanta, GA. They are Jonathan Dumm from Penn Hills High School, Matt Walentosky from Oil City High School and Michael Williams from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Matt was awarded $1,500 as a Grand Award Winner for second place in the Physics and Astronomy Category with his project, New Components in Accretion Disks: Evolution of the Lightcurve in WZ Sge. Matt was also awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Additionally, this organization will award $1,000 to Matt's high school, Oil City High School, for use in enhancing their science education program. Finally, Matt has been invited (all-expensed paid) to the 2009 American Astronomical Society's Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA. Jonathan was awarded $500 as a Grand Award Winner for fourth place in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Category with his project, Robotic Navigation Three: Taking Control. Congratulations Matt and Jon!


2007 Results

Three Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-19, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM. They are Kerrick Dando from Franklin Regional Senior High School, Max Hutchinson from Mt. Lebanon High School and Cliff Kim from North Allegheny Senior High School. Cliff was awarded $1,000 as a Grand Award Winner for third place in the Chemistry Category with his project, Capillary Action in Continuously Tapered Narrow Gap Space. Congratulations Cliff!


2006 Results

Two Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students represented PRSEF and competed at ISEF Indianapolis, May 7-12, 2006. They are Abhiram Bhashyam from Bethel Park High School and Lavanya Sivakumar from Franklin Regional Senior High School. Abhiram was awarded $1,000 as a Grand Award Winner for third place in the Engineering Category with his project, An in vitro Study of Aerosol Delivery Using Carina Models.


2005 Results

Two Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair students competed at ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona, May 8-14, 2005. They are Mike Mi from Mt. Lebanon Senior High School and Abhiram Bhashyam from Bethel Park High School. Mike won the American Dental Association's $1,000 Sponsor Award.


Why should I apply to ISEF? ISEF is a prestigious international science competition.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet new friends, speak with Nobel Laureates and see the sights of an exciting city.  In addition, it’s a great resume booster on college applications.

I am registered for Covestro PRSEF? Do I still need to apply to be considered for ISEF? Yes. You must be a participant of Covestro PRSEF and submit the appropriate Covestro PRSEF forms. Then, you must also submit a Preliminary ISEF Student Application and one copy of your research paper (up to 5,000 words). In addition, your research paper must be emailed to PRSEF@carnegiesciencecenter.org. Type (your name) ISEF Paper in the subject line. Only those who submit the application form and research paper will be considered.

Why is a Research Paper required? A research paper (up to 5,000 words) helps to organize data as well as thoughts.  It provides the judges with an in-depth knowledge of your research prior to the competition and allows the judges to interview you thoroughly on Fair Day. Visit Research Paper for guidelines. 

What does it take to make it to ISEF?  An original research project designed and implemented by YOU that addresses a scientific or engineering problem. Remember, to get to ISEF, you must be the authority on your project!

What are the deadlines for ISEF? Students must submit one copy of his/her Research Paper and the Preliminary ISEF application by March 1, 2018 AND email his/her research paper to PRSEF @ carnegiesciencecenter.org. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Finalists must be available on Tuesday, March 28 for final paperwork submission to ISEF. An ISEF prep session will be scheduled later in April.



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