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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Awards Prizes in Psychology

APA participates in the ISEF to highlight behavioral and social sciences projects - it serves as a Special Awards Organization and grants seven awards to the best projects in the psychological sciences.

By Jewel Beamon

Science fairs offer an invaluable opportunity for high school students to develop and present their work in a high level environment. One of the most prestigious is the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Held annually in May, ISEF brings together nearly 1,500 students from 40 countries to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $50,000 college scholarship. This year the fair was held May 13-19, 2007 at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Convention Center. 

To participate in Intel ISEF, students compete with more than 65,000 students at more than 500 regional Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs around the world. Each affiliated fair may select 2 individual projects and 1 team project to travel to the Intel ISEF to compete in 18 categories representing different sciences: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Animal, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical & Materials and BioEngineering), Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Management, Plant Sciences and Team Projects.

APA participates in the ISEF to highlight behavioral and social sciences projects - it serves as a Special Awards Organization and grants seven awards to the best projects in the psychological sciences. This year, during two days of intense judging, a panel of volunteer psychologist judges selected the top seven projects from all science projects related to psychology. The prizes are organized and funded through APA’s Education Directorate.

The following projects were selected as the best projects in the psychological sciences. All winners received a certificate and a one-year student membership to APA in addition to their prizes.

  • First Place Award of $1500: Sonika Tyagi, William Dickinson High School, Jersey City, New Jersey. The Effect of the Reproductive Status of Adult Female Mice on Cognitive and Behavioral Performance During the Postpartum Weeks.

  • Second Place Award of $1000: Scott Miguel Munguia, Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico. Psycho-social Effects Caused by Paternal Absence on Children 7-11 Years Old with Solution by Means of Exercises that Stimulate Dialogue.

  • Third Place Awards of $500:

    • Mounir Ahmad Koussa, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona. Category Specific Semantic Deficits of Object Recognition in Adults with Neurological Damage.

    • Lacey Nicole Stansill, Seneca High School, Seneca, Missouri. Quinolinic Acid Induced Neurotoxicity and the Protection of Cognitive Function in Planarian Using Taurine.

    • Sophia Ariella Porrino, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, New Jersey. Misplacing Attention: Does the Parahippocampal Place Area Really Encode Places?

    • Victoria Amanda Wheeler, and Michelle Angelique Wheeler, Greenwood High School, Greenwood, Mississippi.  Red Bull Gives You Wings.

    • Nathalie Fay Tadena and Jessica Susan Palmer, Ossining High School, Ossining, New York. Examining Social Skills, Behavioral Adjustment, and Repetitive Behaviors in Parents and Siblings of Individuals with Autism. Ψ