APA's Education Directorate presented seven high school students with awards for their research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held in May in Indianapolis. A panel of seven psychologists selected the winning projects.
The 57-year-old fair is the world's largest event honoring precollege achievement in science; nearly 1,500 students from 47 countries competed for almost $4 million in scholarships and prizes this year.
The competition provides awards in two categories: Grand Awards and Special Organization Awards. Grand awards of $3,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 are given respectively for first, second, third and fourth place in each of 15 scientific categories, including behavioral science, biochemistry, computer science, earth and space sciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine and health, and microbiology. Special awards include scholarships, tuition grants, scientific field trips and summer internships provided by nearly 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations-including APA.
This year's APA award winners are:
First Award ($1,000): Riana Juhn Betzler, of The Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., for her project "Word Segmentation in Language Acquisition: Assessing Ambiguities Between Word Offsets and Transitional Probabilities."
Second Award ($500): Harpreet Kaur Sangha, of West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, for her project "The Role of Serotonin Pathways in Mouse Compulsive-Like Behavior: Implications for the Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."
Third Award ($250): Maggie Delano, of Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y., for her project "Attention in the Brain: A Study of Cognitive Control Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging."
Honorable Mention Award: Maya Nina Wolpert, of Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for her project "Atypical Visual Behaviors as Early Indicators of Autism in Children."
Honorable Mention Award: Mary Martha Douglas and Alison W. Liu, of Manhasset High School in Manhasset, N.Y., for their project "The Effects of CNS Stimulants and SSRIs on the Formation of Conditioned Long-Term Memory and Learned Behaviors in Sleep-Deprived Wildtype Drosophila melanogaster."
Honorable Mention Award: Caroline Elizabeth Pietsch, of Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y., for her project "A Novel Approach to the Automatic Recognition of Emotions in Natural Speech."
Each student received a certificate and a one-year student affiliate membership in APA.
--E. Leary and L. Winerman