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May 18, 2012

Sigma Xi Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –Sigma Xi presented special awards for the best demonstration of interdisciplinary research at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh in May 2012.

The First Place Award of $2,500 went to the team of Caroline Jacquline Shouraboura and Shanthi Shanmugam of Bellevue, Washington, for their project "Optimal Allocation of Global Constrained Resources Using the Hyperbolic Voronoi Diagram." This team also received the first place award from Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society.

The Second Place Award of $1,500 was presented to Kevin Anh Nguyen and Punya Chittajallu of Plano, Texas for their project "The Development of Novel Sutures that Store and Deliver Nitric Oxide for Wound Healing." In addition, this team won the first place award from the American Chemical Society.

The recipients of our Third Place Award of $1,000 were Tzu-Hsuan Su and Kuang-Ming Shang of Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Their project was titled "Novel Bioactivities and Mechanistic Insights of the Medicinal Fungus Antrodia cinnamomea against Human Breast Cancer Cells." They also received an award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Sigma Xi member and high school sophomore, Samantha Marie Marquez of Richmond, Virginia, was also recognized for her outstanding achievements in science at the 2012 Intel ISEF. Ms. Marquez received third place for her project "A New Frontier in Biomedical Engineering: Ex-situ Bioengineering of Hepato- and Neuro- Celloidosomes®," from the National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Society for Science & the Public president, Elizabeth Marcinola commented, "Each year, special award organizations recognize selected young scientists during the Intel ISEF. We congratulate these winners. Participating in events such as this competition requires drive and curiosity that will lead these students in the quest for answers to significant scientific questions." This year 1,549 young innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs competed in the world's largest high school science research competition. The finalists were selected from 446 fairs in 68 countries, regions and territories.


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