In Brief

A panel of volunteer psychologist judges selected six top psychology projects from 79 psychology-related entries in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for high school students, held in May in Phoenix, Ariz.

The APA Education Directorate presented the six students with awards--some of them scholarships--for their outstanding research in the behavioral and social sciences.

ISEF is the world's largest event honoring precollege achievement in science; over 1,300 students from more than 40 nations competed in the 2005 competition.

The competition provides awards in two categories, Grand Awards and Special Organization Awards. The Grand Awards supply nearly $1 million in scholarships, tuition grants and scientific field trips to students in 14 categories, including behavioral science, biochemistry, computer science, earth and space sciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine and health, and microbiology.

Meanwhile, scientific, professional and educational organizations present the Special Awards; APA was one of more than 70 Special Awards Organizations that fund scholarships and award them at the event.

The student winners selected by APA's volunteer judges were:

  • First Award ($1,000): Nissa Leigh Schmidt, 18, of Merino High School in Merino, Colo., for her project "The Psychopharmacological Effects of Antidepressants on Procambarus clarkia."

  • Second Award ($500): William Amado Green, 16, of Rio Rico High School in Rio Rico, Ariz., for his project "Origins of Mass Polarization in the Tucson Electorate."

  • Third Award ($250): Ameen Abdulrasool, 18, of Lane Technical High School in Chicago for his project "Prototype for Autonomy: Pathway for the Blind." Abdulrasool also received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award (a Grand Award) valued at $50,000.

The judges also selected three honorable mention award winners:

  • Ilang Mae Guiroy, 17, of The York School in Monterey, Calif., received a certificate for her project "Quantitative EEG as an Identifier of Learning Modality."

  • Kayla Marie Cornale, 15, of Assumption Roman Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario, received a certificate for her project "Sounds into Syllables: A Teaching System for Autistic Children."

  • Jonathan Yong An, 19, of Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Wash., received a certificate for his project "Edge Integration in Human Brightness Perception."

All student winners also received a complimentary APA student membership. The APA volunteer judges included Marlo Archer, PhD, Skip Pollock, PhD, Jack Wiggins, PhD, Alan Goldberg, PhD, Margaret Johnson, PhD, Syed Ali, PhD, Ann Ewing, PhD, and Brenda Fonseca.