Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 winners

Seven international students received awards for excellent projects representing psychological science

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 13–18, 2012, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Over 1,500 students from 68 countries, regions and territories competed at the 63rd ISEF. To participate in the competition, finalists first competed against fellow students at 446 regional Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair selected two individual projects and one team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 17 different categories: animal sciences; behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry; cellular and molecular biology; chemistry; computer science; earth science; engineering — electrical and mechanical; engineering — materials and bioengineering; energy and transportation; environmental management; environmental science; mathematical sciences; medicine and health; microbiology; physics and astronomy; and plant sciences.

As a special awards organization, APA grants seven awards to the best projects representing psychological science. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

Student winners, APA staff, and the lead judge attended the 2012 Intel ISEF Awards Ceremony. Featured here are (top row, l–r) Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, and Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat; (bottom row, l–r) Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, and Katherine Mangialardi

Student winners, APA staff, and the lead judge attended the 2012 Intel ISEF Awards Ceremony. Featured here are (top row, l–r) Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, and Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat; (bottom row, l–r) Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, and Katherine Mangialardi


The following awards were given by APA. All winners received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

First Place Award of $1,500

Nicholas Joseph Corpuz, 17, Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science — Murray, Utah
“Quantifying Implicit Stereotypes Through the Cognition of Ambiguous Speech Associated With Visual Meanings.”

Second Place Award of $1,000

L. Elisabeth Burton, 16, Rio Rancho High School — Rio Rancho, N.M.
“A Big Fat Deal, Phase III: Attributions of Body Talk, Risk, Assessments of Steroid/Dietary Supplement Use, Perceptions of Media Images, and Self-Esteem.”

Third Place Awards of $500

Abhilasha Gokulan, 15, Little Rock Central High School — Little Rock, Ark.
“Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Neurodegenerative Disorders: Using PC12 Neuronal Cells as a Model.”

Benjamin Jake Kornick, 17, Roslyn High School — Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
“OMG: Look Who Joined Facebook! The Relationship Between Parenting and Adolescent Risk Behaviors.”

Katherine Michelle Mangialardi, 18, Ossining High School — Ossining, N.Y.
“An Investigation of the Economic, Social, and Consequential Factors That Affect Moral Decision-Making: A Behavioral and fMRI Study.”

Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat, 17, Ain Jalout Secondary School — Makkah, Saudi Arabia
“An Innovative Method for the Comprehensive Textual Reading Ability of the Visually Impaired.”

Brandon Gary Ramnath, 16, Christian Brothers' College — Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
“The Development of an Educational Board Game to Improve the Study Techniques of High School Students.”

APA was joined by other special awards organizations (e.g., the National Institute on Drug Abuse — Friends of NIDA, National Institutes of Health) in granting awards to projects focused on psychology and the behavioral social sciences. In addition, Intel awarded 17 grand awards and one Best of Category award to those with behavioral and social science projects.