Louisiana Students Place among Grand Award Winners at Intel ISEF 2016


BATON ROUGE – The Society for Science & the Public, along with the Intel Foundation, conducted its prestigious annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Intel ISEF, May 8-13 in Phoenix, Ariz. Participants were high school students who won top prizes at a local, regional, state or national science fair. In total there were 1,760 finalists from 77 countries, regions and territories. The students competed with independent research for prizes totaling more than $4 million.

Twenty-four students from Louisiana were given the opportunity to attend the international competition from 10 regional fairs as well as the State Fair. Among those were Natalie Marie Bush, David Chang Luo, Samuel Allen Senegal II, Meghana Srivyas Rao and Mason Richard Varuso. All students participated in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, or LSEF, held at LSU campus in March. 

Bush, 17, of Saint Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, was awarded first place in her category and received $3,000. She also won best of category and received $5,000 for herself, $1,000 for her school and an additional $1,000 for the Region 7 science fair. Bush’s earth and environmental sciences project titled, “Staying Afloat: Utilizing the Physiological Adaptation Mechanisms of Marsh Vegetation and the Use of Mathematical Modeling for Barrier Island Restoration, Year 3,” also won her the Intel and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum-Visit to India award.

Luo, 18, of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, was awarded fourth place and received $500 for his mathematics project titled, “A Tree Brand Path Solution to the Collatz Conjecture.” Luo was also presented multiple special awards: the K.T. Li Foundation first place award of $1,500 with Mu Alpha Theta and the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society second place award of $1,000

Senegal, 16, of Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette, received a special award for third place and $2,000 from the American Chemical Society for his chemistry project titled, “The Testing of the Mpemba Effect at Varying Salinities.”

Rao, 17, of Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, received a special award of second place and $2,000 from the National Anti-Vivisection Society for her biochemistry project titled, “The Differential Effect of Opioids on Breast Cancer Cell Pro-Survival and Pro-Apoptotic Pathways.”

Varuso, 17, of Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Avondale, received a special award from the University of Arizona in the form of a tuition scholarship for his energy/chemical project titled, “How Does the Thermal Conductivity of Liquids Affect Hear Absorption in Photovoltaic Troughs?”

The participating students worked on their independent projects for months leading up to the event.

“The students present truly remarkable projects, many of which have the potential to change to world with innovation, or make life-saving advances. Their commitment to excellence and vision is amazing. Many have received scholarship offers based on their research and involvement in science fairs gives them that platform,” said Director of the Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair Lisa Graves.

More information on Intel ISEF and a complete list of winners can be found at https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef.

For more information on the Louisiana Science and Engineering fairs, visit LSU Continuing Education at www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair.

A special thank you to LSU Continuing Education/LSEF, LSU College of Agriculture, LSU College of Engineering, Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium and The Baton Rouge Bone and Joint Clinic for their support and sponsorship. Sponsor and Friend of the Fair information can be found at www.outreach.lsu.edu/lsef on the sponsors page.

LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/ for more information. Follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter @LSUCE.



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