Greenwich students win at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

Five Connecticut students won awards at the 2015 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science 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 Pittsburgh last week, and was thrilled with their success — “It is rewarding to see our students’ research work recognized,” especially, he said, “in [such a] world class setting like Intel ISEF.”

The Connecticut students were clear standouts amongst the 1,700 competitors from more than 70 countries that they faced at ISEF. In addition to earning $90,500 in prizes and scholarships, the young scientists took home memories and lessons from their week in Pittsburgh. They lunched with Nobel Laureates, met with judges in the top of their field, and befriended fellow students from all over the world. Greenwich High School’s Olivia Hallisey, who came first overall in the Biomedical and Health Sciences category, reflected on her time, saying “I imagine ISEF is one of the only places where you can trade pins with someone from Samoa, eat with people from France, and take a bus ride back with contestants from Germany.” Such new 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.

For blog posts from the Connecticut students, as well as photos, visit http://ctsciencefair.org/2015/2015-isef-connecticut-science-and-engineering-fair- students

Grand Award Winners

Olivia Hallisey, 16, a sophomore at Greenwich High School

Temperature-Independent, Portable, and Rapid Field Detection of Ebola via a Silk-Derived

Lateral-Flow System

ISEF Grand Awards: 1st Award for Biomedical and Health Sciences, $3,000ISEF Special Awards: 1st Award for ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, $2,500 3rd Award for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, $1,000

Ethan Novek, 16, a sophomore at Greenwich High School

Novel Low Grade Waste Heat Recovery System with Simultaneous Electricity Generation,

Carbon Sequestration and Urea Production

ISEF Grand Awards: 1st Award for Energy: Physical, $3,000

ISEF Special Awards: 1st Award for ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, $2,500 1st Award, Carnegie Mellon University Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, $2,500 Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, $12,500

Reid Radulovacki, 16, a junior at Greenwich High School

Chocolate’s Theobromine, and Not Caffeine, Significantly Reduces Sleep in Drosophila

ISEF Grand Awards: 2nd Award for Biomedical and Health Sciences, $1,500

ISEF Special Awards: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, $60,000 scholarship over 4 years

William Yin, 15, a sophomore at Greenwich High School

Hybridized Maganese Dioxide & Gold-Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Inhibition of Tumor Growth via Radiosensitization and Tumor Microenvironment Control ISEF Grand Awards:

2nd Award for Material Sciences, $1,500

Eunsun Hong, 17, a senior at Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center Development of Non-toxic Photostabilized Phycoerythrin for Application in Dye- Sensitized Solar Cells

ISEF Grand Awards: 4th Award for Energy: Physical, $500

For more info about Intel ISEF, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is made possible by a grant, volunteer support, from its presenting sponsor United Technologies Corporation, and by contributions from commercial and individual supporters.

For more info about CSEF, visit www.ctsciencefair.org.

Olivia Hallisey

Olivia Hallisey

Ethan Novek

Ethan Novek

Reid Radulovacki

Reid Radulovacki

William Yin

William Yin

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