2016 International Science & Engineering Fair Results

Here's how some of our local students did at the 2016 International Science & Engineering Fair.

The global representation at National Science & Engineering Fair, held this year in Phoenix, introduces high school students to peers from places as far-flung as Qatar, Romania, Luxembourg and Argentina.

Ester Rose Archer (top left)... Madeline McCue and Evelyn McChesney (top center)... Fair parent chaperones (top left).... some of the Minnesota contingent at international fair (center)... Archana Murali and Elena Berman (bottom)


May 13, 2016, Phoenix, AZ – Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2016. Student winners are 9th through 12th graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2016 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.


Translational Medical Science

Team project:  Brennen Clark and Prashant Godishala Breck School, Golden Valley, Minnesota

CHINA TRIP - Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Visit to China Award for their research "Predicting a Cancerous Outcome: Creating a Novel Test for Assessing Risk of Human Papilloma Virus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer."


First Grand - $3,000

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Team project: Archana Bhagyalakshmi Murali, and Elena Alexandra Berman, Breck School, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Second Grand $1,500 – “Window to the Brain: Using Retinal Biomarkers to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease”


Biomedical Engineering

Team project: Madeline Chawla McCue, and Evelyn Grace McChesney, Breck School, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Second Grand $1,500 – “Turning Probiotics into Antibiotics: Engineering a Broad-Spectrum Antibacterial Probiotic via Inclusion of Antimicrobial Peptide-Encoding DNA”, Year Two

Environmental Engineering

Ester Rose Archer, Loyola High School, Mankato, Minnesota 

Third Grand $1,000 - “Reducing Phosphorus in Stormwater Basins Using Algae Spherification”

Embedded Systems

Andrew John Eggebraaten, John Marshall High School, Rochester, Minnesota

Fourth Grand $500 - Engineering a Modern-Day Enigma Machine


Serena Liang Jing, Saint Paul Central High School, St. Paul, Minnesota

Fourth Grand- $500 – “Inexpensive, Portable Glucose Monitor for Diabetics via a Crosslinked Sensing Fluid”

The Best Overall Award Winning Projects (1,760 ISEF Students worldwide)

1.      Han Jie (Austin) Wang, of Vancouver, Canada is the recipient of the first place Gordon E. Moore Award and $75,000 for developing microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that more efficiently convert organic waste into electricity.

2.      Syamantak Payra, Friendswood, Texas, received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for developing a low-cost electronically-aided knee brace that allows an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally.

3.      Kathy Liu, of Salt Lake City, Utah, received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for developing an alternative battery component that could significantly improve battery performance and safety.


Intel ISEF 2016 Special Awards Ceremony

May 12, 2016, Phoenix, AZ – Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Special Awards of the Intel ISEF 2016. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2016 by winning a top award at a local, regional, state or national science fair. 

ALCOA FOUNDATION – Pujan Patel – Mayo High School, Rochester MN

Sustainable Design in Transportation, Second Award $1,500

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $446 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $550 million since 1952. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have contributed $38 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on Environment and Education. Through this work, Alcoa Foundation is building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow's leaders.


First Award of $1,000

Founded in 1903, the purposes of the American Society for Horticultural Science are to promote and encourage national and international interest in scientific research and education in horticulture in all its branches.


ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY – Pujan Patel, Mayo High School, Rochester, MN and Claire Wentzlaff, Burnsville High School, Burnsville, MN

Arizona State University Intel ISEF Scholarship

Arizona State University is pleased to offer a comprehensive scholarship combining a monetary award and an environment focusing on knowledge, learning and research. The New American University Intel ISEF Scholarship is renewable for four years, Individuals and teams will be considered for these awards.


CHINA ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY –  (CAST) - Serena Liang, St Paul Central High School, St Paul, MN

Award of $ 1,200

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. Having developed science education programs, CAST supports youth and adolescents in becoming citizens with high scientific literacy. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students' work in all scientific disciplines.


SIGMA Xi, THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SOCIETY – Brennan Clark and Prashant Godishala, Breck High School, Golden Valley, MN

Second Life Science Award of $1,000

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with a distinguished history of service to science and society. This multi-disciplinary society includes members who were elected based on their research achievements or potential, and historically, more than 200 members have won the Nobel Prize. The Society is pleased to offer awards for the best demonstration of interdisciplinary research.