Intel ISEF, the world’s largest pre-collegiate science competition, took place May 13-18, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. It was attended by close to 1,800 students from 81 foreign countries and territories as well as state and regional fairs in the US, including six projects from the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival.

Special Awards

Sindhuja Uppuluri, sophomore at Westwood HS, Round Rock ISD Category: Animal Sciences

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institutes of Health: Honorable Mention and eight-week paid internship. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of NIH, and the non-profit organization Friends of NIDA, give the Addiction Science Award to exemplary projects on the topic of addiction science.

Megan Cantwell, sophomore at Veritas Academy HS, Private Category: Behavioral Sciences

  • University of Arizona Tuition Scholarship Award - Established in 1885, the University of Arizona (UA) is the state’s land-grant university. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities.

Rushmia Hoq and Varisha Masroor, sophomores at the Austin Peace Academy HS, Private Category: Materials Science

  • Arizona State University Tuition Scholarship Award - ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Grand Awards

Fourth Place Award
Sindhuja Uppuluri, sophomore at Westwood HS, Round Rock ISD
Animal Sciences
Project Title: A Novel Approach to Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Using Transient Receptor Potential Channels and Insulin Signaling in C. Elegans

Second Place Award
Megan Cantwell, sophomore at Veritas Academy HS, Private
Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: Social Skills in Adolescents with Cochlear Implants

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