Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winners

2014 Winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 11-16, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Over 1,400 students from about 70 countries, regions and territories competed at the 65th ISEF. To participate in the Intel ISEF competition, the 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.

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:
  • Leighton Braunstein, 17, The Dalton School, New York.
    Adolescent Loss of Lis1 Results in Defective Hippocampal Morphology and Distinct Behavioral Deficits Resembling a Schizophrenic-Like Phenotype.
Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • Timothy James Fossum Renier, 16, Duluth East High School, Duluth, Minnesota.
    Hand Hygiene Gone Viral? A Study of Student Involvement in a Social Media Campaign as a Method of Bringing Hand Hygiene to the Masses.
Third Place Awards of $500:
  • Petra Luna Grutzik, 18, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, California.
    Linking Expression and Function of FoxP2 in Adult Songbirds Using Operant Preference Testing.
  • Ashley Maye Hamlin, 16, Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
    Light Speed: A Measure of Ocular Phototransduction Using Pulsed Light Emitting Diodes.
  • Michelle Maria Marquez, 14, Math and Science High School at Clover Hill, Midlothian, Virginia.
    The Paradox of Emotional Dimensionality: The Effect of the Dimensionality of Audio Stimuli on the Brain's Electrical Activity, a Neuroscience Study.
  • Colin Norick, 15, Colter Norick, 16, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Montana.
    The Correlation Between Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Cognitive Function in Health Teens.
  • Chloe Sherry, 17, John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana.
    A Study of the Effects of Transplantation of Tissue from Planarian Flatworks Conditioned with Light-Shock Therapy into Naïve Planarian Flatworms.

APA was joined by other special awards organizations such as National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health and the Friends of NIDA, and Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology in granting awards to projects focused on psychology and the behavioral social sciences. Additionally, Intel awarded 16 grand awards and one Best of Category award to those with behavioral and social sciences projects.

2014 Intel Winners













Top Row (left to right): Petra Grutzik, Colter Norick, Colin Norick, Timothy Renier
Bottom Row (left to right): Michelle Marquez, Leighton Braunstein, Chloe Sherry, Ashley Hamlin, Maha Khalid (APA)

2013 Winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 12-17, 2013, at Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix. Over 1,500 students from about 70 countries, regions and territories competed at the 64th ISEF. To participate in the Intel ISEF competition, the 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.

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:
  • Abigail Claire Orlando, 18, Eastchester High School, Eastchester, N.Y.
    The Effect of Emoticon Stimuli on Human Facial Muscle Activation and Social Evaluation using Electromyographic Technology: A Novel Determination.

Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, 17, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
    Neural Plasticity: Novel Language Learning through Digital Technology.

Third Place Awards of $500:
  • Ryan Silva, 17, University High School, Tucson, Ariz.
    A Model of Medial Entorhinal Cortex Grid Cell Remapping.

  • Avinash Kumar Pandey, 15, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
    Improving Long-term Compliance to Life Saving Medications.

  • Leighton Anne Braunstein, 16, The Dalton School, New York.
    Developmental Gene Lis1 in the Adult Brain is Necessary for Spatial But Not for Novelty Memory.

  • Heidi Marie Smith, 17, Jessica Leigh Joyce, 18, Loudoun County Academy of Science, Sterling, Va.
    Investigating the Roles of A2A and TrkB Receptor Proteins in Response to the Cholesterol and Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor in an Alzheimer’s Disease Model
    .

  • Tejas Dharmaraj, 15, Manav Sevak, 16, Chandler High School, Chandler, Ariz.
    Indicting Alzheimer's: Novel Methods of Preventing Glial Scarring through the Downregulation of Cerebral Vimentin and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein.

APA was joined by other special awards organizations such as National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health and the Friends of NIDA, and Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology in granting awards to projects focused on psychology and the behavioral social sciences. Additionally, Intel awarded 18 grand awards and one Best of Category award to those with Behavioral and Social Sciences projects.

2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Winners

Top Row (left to right): Cheryl Conrad, PhD (APA judge), Adelina Cozma, Jessica Joyce, Heidi Smith, Tejas Dharmaraj, Manav Sevak, Caitlin Crowley (APA)
Bottom Row (left to right): Abigail Orlando, Avinash Pandey, Ryan Silva, Leighton Braunstein

2012 Winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 13-18, 2012, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Over 1,500 students from 68 countries, regions, and territories competed at the 63rd ISEF. To participate in the Intel ISEF competition, the 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 in the psychological sciences. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects related to psychological science. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

The following awards were given by APA for the best projects in the psychological sciences. 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:
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

APA was joined by other special awards organizations such as 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.  Additionally, Intel awarded 17 grand awards and one Best of Category award to those with Behavioral and Social Sciences projects.

Top Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah MashatTop Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat; Bottom Row (left to right): Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, Katherine Mangialardi

Top Row (left to right): Benjamin Kornick, Brandon Ramnath, Abdullah Abdulfatah Mashat
Bottom Row (left to right): Caitlin Crowley, Tammy Hughes, PhD, Abhilasha Gokulan, L. Elisabeth Burton, Katherine Mangialardi

2011 winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 8-13, 2011, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Over 1,500 students from 65 countries, regions and territories competed at the 62nd ISEF. To compete in Intel ISEF, students competed against fellow students at 443 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 in the psychological sciences. During two days of intense judging, a panel of psychologists selected the top projects related to psychological science. The effort is funded and organized through the Education Directorate.

The following awards were given by APA for the best projects in the psychological sciences. All winners received an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

First Place Award of $1,250 (tie):
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, 15, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Growing Up “In Sync”: Connecting a Bridge to an Autistic Mind’s World.

  • Liza Joely Strauss, 18, Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y. A Study of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Arithmetic Combinatorial Processing Using Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Olivia A. Dure, 16, The Altamont School, Birmingham, Ala. Brain Plasticity: The Effect of Age (A Two Year Study).

  • Neel Sanjay Patel, 16, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla.  An Analysis of Listener Perception and Visual Replication of Sonifications: A Third Year Study.

  • Samantha Michelle Phillips, 18, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, N.Y. Strategies Utilized by People with Autism and Neuro-Typical Individuals to Determine Emotion in Faces.

  • Rachel Emily Reon, 17, The Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Hampton, Va. Behavioral Evidence for Cerebral Asymmetry in Green Anoles.

  • Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, 16, Colegio GGE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.  Problematizing Pedagogy as a Nutritional Education Strategy: A Social Constructivist Approach.

APA was joined by other special awards organizations Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Friends of NIDA, National Institutes of Health and the ITT College of Psychology in granting awards to projects focused on psychology and the behavioral social sciences. Additionally, Intel awarded 21 grand awards and one Best of Category award to those with Behavioral and Social Sciences projects.

Left to right: Rachel Emily Reon, Liza Joely Strauss, Olivia Dure, Neel Sanjay Patel, Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Adelina Adrina Cozma, Samantha Michelle Phillips, Emily Leary

Left to right: Rachel Emily Reon, Liza Joely Strauss, Olivia Dure, Neel Sanjay Patel,
Heitor Geraldo da Cruz Santos, Adelina Adrina Cozma, Samantha Michelle Phillips, Emily Leary

2010 winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 9-14, 2010, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Over 1,600 students from 59 countries, regions and territories competed at the 60th ISEF.

The following awards were given by APA for the best projects in the psychological sciences. All winners receive an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

First Place Award of $1500:
  • Adelina Corina Cozma, Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.  Slow It Down to Speed It Up: Breaking through the Window of Autism.

Second Place Award of $1000:
  • Joseph Hunter Yagoda, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, N.Y. Risky Business: What Cognitive Factors Influence Risk Taking in the Academic Setting?

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Athman Ramana Adiseshan, Ramana Academy, San Jose, Calif. Ethology of Friendship among Adult Male Bonnet Macaques (Macaca radiata) at Arunachala Hill, India.

  • Lindsey Brooke Saunders, Union County High School, Lake Butler, Fla. A Comparative Study of Comprehension Differences in Struggling Readers Using Phrase and Character Spaced Models, Year Three.

  • Revanth Kosaraju, The Harker School, San Jose, Calif. The Predictability and Abstractness of Language: A Study in Understanding and Usage of the English Language through Probabilistic Modeling and Frequency.

  • Diane Elizabeth Schulze, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo. Error in MRI: Bias, Random Error, and the Power of Suggestion.

  • Mariah Bruns, Saint Mary's Academy, Portland, Oregon; Annelise Cummings, Cleveland High School, Portland, Ore.; Alexander Eskil Harding, Cleveland High School, Portland, Ore. Ask PEAT: Determining if Online Music Videos are Safe for Teens with Photosensitive Epilepsy.

2009 winners

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 10-15, 2009, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Over 1,500 students from 49 countries competed at the 59th ISEF.

The following awards were given by APA for the best projects in the psychological sciences. All winners receive an award certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership to APA.

First Place Award of $1500:
  • Trisha Paige Nussbaum, Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, N.Y. How Harry Potter Can Help You Get a Higher SAT Score: The Effects of Context and Familiarity on Vocabulary Retention in Adolescents.

Second Place Award of $1000:
  • Nicole Traci Goldbaum, Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, N.Y. The Impact of Grade-Level and Gender on High-School Students Self-Regulated Learning Strategies.

Third Place Award of $500:
  • Elliot E.A. Prince, Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Ore. Efficacy of Peer-Delivered Sleep Hygiene Education on Sleep Hygiene Practices, Sleep Quality, and Mood in Evening-Type Adolescents.

  • Jonathan Dean Loucks, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill. Socioeconomics and Public Education: An Examination of Factors and Policies that Narrow the Achievement Gap.

  • Alessandra Fellin Rossi, The Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands, Texas. Give Us a Sign.

  • Gina Mamdouh Gayed, Dar El Tarbiah American School, Cairo, Egypt. Secret Factors Affecting the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Egyptian Governmental Hospitals.

  • Estefania Arand and Cristhian Emmanuel Fink, Escuela de Comercio No. 2 "Gral M.M. de Guemes," Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina. Burnout Syndrome at School

2008 winners

The APA Education Directorate was pleased to recognize ten high school students for their outstanding research in the behavioral and social sciences during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held in Atlanta, Georgia. 

During two days of judging, a panel of volunteer judges from local universities selected the top seven finishers from 86 projects in the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

First Place Award of $1,500:
  • The Effect of Visually Enhanced Medicine Labels on Recall Ability
    Reed Hurdle Falkner, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.
    Taylor Michael McGraw, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.
    Bradley Douglas Shields, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford, Miss.

Second Place Award of $1,000:
  • A Study of Varying Harmonic Spectrum Exposure on Students' Concentration
    during Spatial Reasoning Examination as Assessed via Fourier Analyses

    Vivian Alice Lee, 17, Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, Texas

Third Place Award of $500:
  • What's In and What's Out: High Schoolers' Perceptions of Coolness
    Shelby Marie Raye, 15, Manatee High School, Bradenton, Fla.

  • The Ability to Learn: Learning and Communication between Comet Goldfish
    Kaleigh Anne Eichel, 17, Strongsville Sr High School, Strongsville, Ohio

  • The Devolution of Cooperation: An Examination of Excessive Noise in the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
    Thomas McLean Burr, 16, South Fork High School, Stuart, Fla.

  • It's A Guy Thing: How Fathers Affect Daughters' Dating Habits
    Emily Rose Summerbell, 16, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Ga.

  • A Discussion About Equality: A Gender Study in the Classroom
    Mary Alysandra Patzel, 18, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.
    Jessica Rae Cummins, 17, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.