Louisiana Student Brings Home Top Honors at International Science Fair

05/29/2013 01:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – Henry Lin, of Shreveport, La., earned one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF, held on May 17, 2013 in Phoenix, Az. Lin also won first place in the Physics and Astronomy division. His total prize money was $58,000, with an additional $1,000 going to his school, Caddo Parish Magnet High School.

Lin’s project was titled “Cool Core Bias in Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Galaxy Cluster Surveys.” In his research, he simulated thousands of clusters of galaxies, providing scientist with new data that will allow them to better understand dark matter, dark energy and the balance of heating and cooling in the universe’s most massive objects.

Lin was one of approximately 1,600 competitors at this year’s ISEF and one of 27 students representing Louisiana. Of those, four others won special awards: the team of Grace Ragland and Anna Maxwell, from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, Neil Nathan, from Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport and Leah Samuels, from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.    

“Louisiana was well represented from all regions and state, and their level of research was amazing,” said Lisa Graves, director of the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, or LSEF. “Intel ISEF is the largest and most prestigious high school science fair in the world, and the projects in competition reflect this very high standard. I am extremely proud of all of the students. They did a phenomenal job! And Henry is well deserving of a top spot at ISEF, he is an immensely gifted and humble young man. We wish him well as he heads to Harvard.”

Students were selected to compete at the Intel ISEF based on their performance at state and regional science fairs. Lin won the Region 1 science fair in Bossier Parish, which qualified him to compete in the international fair. The Louisiana state science fair and the Region 7 science fair are hosted by LSU. Lin also attended ISEF last year after winning first place in the Louisiana state science fair.

The two winners of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards “were selected for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices and creating solutions to the problems of tomorrow.” The other award went to Eesha Khare of San Jose, Calif., for her work on super capacitors. She developed a device that allows cell phone batters to charge in less than 30 seconds.

The top prize overall went to Ionut Budisteaunu of Romania for his work using artificial intelligence to create a self-driving car.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013