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2017 ISEF Results

The 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was a magnificent show of innovation, inspiration, and problem solving.  1778 students from 78 countries came together to share their research, network, be inspired, have fun, and compete on the world’s stage for  the opportunity to have their research showcased, validated, and rewarded.  Zimbabwe and Ghana were added to the fold this year; these countries sent their best student scientists to compete for the first time.

The MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) was excited to send five of its most accomplished Metro Richmond STEM Fair winners to Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California.  This year was a first in that all of the finalists are from Godwin High School.  They are Lucas Mayhew (10th grader), Michael Pang (11th grader), Pranav Neyveli (11th grader), Kevin Rao (11th grader), and Sabrina Ye (9th grader).  These students tirelessly researched their topics, prepared, and presented their research to judges (both category and specialist awards) and to over 4,000 children from the LA area.  We (the MSiC) are in awe of the innovative ideas and the passion these students possess and are extremely proud of their accomplishments. 

Attaining recognition at Intel ISEF is no little feat; the participants who are selected to exhibit passionately carry out research studies to solve the world’s toughest issues.  Pranav Neyveli, an alumnus of Intel ISEF, won a second place category prize with his project entitled Overcoming Lung Cancer with Novel Computationally Boosted Antibody Biosensor.  He also won the honor of having an asteroid named after him! Lucas Mayhew, a newcomer to ISEF, was awarded a second place special award by the Acoustical Society of America for his project entitled An Investigation of Optimal Rural Building Designs for All Earthquake Zones of Turkey. 

Through the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, The MathScience Innovation Center looks forward to continuing to encourage, inspire, and aid young scientists in the Metro Richmond region to explore their scientific passions.  We hope to see the work of many new budding scientists at MRSF 2018!


Aaron Moody

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