Louisiana Students Bring Home Honors From International Science and Engineering Fair
BATON ROUGE – Twenty Louisiana students traveled to Pittsburgh to compete in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition.
LSU and other Louisiana science fair sponsors underwrote the cost of sending seven students to Pittsburgh. The Louisiana students invited to compete in the international fair had previously won top awards at the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair. Students could also qualify to compete at the international fair by winning top awards at regional fairs held throughout the state.
Students from Shreveport, New Orleans, Lafayette and Natchitoches competed in this year’s international fair and received category awards, special awards, scholarships and cash prizes.
This year’s international fair included more than 1,500 students from 446 affiliate fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. Louisiana entered 20 projects with students competing individually or as a team.
Henry Lin, a junior at Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, was the biggest Louisiana winner. His project, “A Generalized Holographic Model of Cosmic Accelerated Expansion,” placed second in the Physics & Astronomy category, awarding him $1,500. He was also awarded $1,200 from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society, as well as $500 from the American Statistical Association; the Priscilla and Bart Bok Second Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the American Astronomical Society; $1,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and an all-expense paid trip to the European Organization for Nuclear Research at CERN in Switzerland. Henry’s five special awards totaled $4,700.
Joshua Kubiak, of Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, placed third in the Chemistry category and was awarded $1,000. He was also awarded Honorable Mention by the American Chemical Society in the Special Awards category.
Sean Nathan, also of Caddo Parish Magnet High School, was awarded $1,000 for placing third for his project in Microbiology and received $250 from the Patent & Trademark Office Society at the Special Award presentations.
Kinga Malkinska, of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, placed fourth in the Energy & Transportation category, awarding her $500. She also received $1,500 from ProConn Power, Inc. in the Special Awards category.
The American Physiological Society also awarded Christina Collins of Caddo Parish Magnet High School $500 for her project.
Two students, Gina Biddick of Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette, and Nathan, won college scholarships awarded by specific colleges. These students can redeem these scholarships if they choose to apply and are admitted. Biddick was awarded a full-tuition scholarship from Drexel University valued at $150,000. The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia awarded Nathan $15,000 in tuition each year for four years.
“Once again, Louisiana students shined at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,” said Lisa Graves, director of the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair. “Their successes at the international level demonstrate what young bright minds we have in our state and their continued research efforts to find solutions in the areas of health, technology and issues that face our world. Congratulations to all of these winners who worked extremely hard on their scientific research and continued success in the future.”
For more information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/education. To learn more about the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, visit www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair.
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