Mercer Science and Engineering Fair Winners Bring Home Big Awards from the Intel ISEF
This year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was exciting for the top two projects from the Mercer Science and Engineering Fair. Nikhil Gopal, from The Lawrenceville School, was a 2nd place winner in the Microbiology category for his project Point of Care Testing for Malaria Using a Smartphone and a Microfluidic ELISA Chip. Nikhil will receive $1500 and have an asteroid named after him as part of the Ceres Connection at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory.
James Gow , from Lawrence High School, was a 3rd place winner in the Cellular and Microbiology category with the project Testing Valproic Acid and Surfactant Regulation as Potential Therapeutics for Nitrogen Mustard Injury. James will receive $1000. He also received a four year scholarship worth $60,000 to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Nikhil and James were part of the 1760 students to participate in this year's Intel ISEF competition in Phoenix, AZ. The fair is the world’s largest high school science research competition. The competition brought together students from over 70 countries from around the world.
Han Jie (Austin) Wang, 18, of Vancouver, Canada was the recipient of the top, Gordon E. Moore Award and $75,000 for developing microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that more efficiently convert organic waste into electricity. Han identified specific genes in genetically enhanced E. coli bacteria that enabled them to generate power more efficiently.
Intel ISEF Finalists were able to meet with with engineers and scientists including the Excellence in Science and Technology panel. A lucky few were able to ask questions of the Nobel prize winners and to get their picture taken with them as well.