Team Canada-ISEF scores 17 awards at 2011 Intel ISEF

Fri, 2011-05-13 11:49 -- Reni Barlow

Team Canada-ISEF 2011 returned home with 17 awards from Intel ISEF 2011, held in Los Angeles, California this week, including a First Place Grand Award. The world's largest pre-college celebration of science, Intel ISEF brings together over 1,500 students from nearly 60 nations to compete for over $4 million US in scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $50,000 US scholarship.

This year's top Canadian award-winners include:

Calgary, Alberta's Chris Nielsen, who won a First Place Grand Award for Indoor Ground Manifold Tracking through Low-Cost Stereoscopy - an inexpensive, webcam-based system for tracking 3D position and orientation that could find its way into applications such as navigation systems for the visually-impaired or enhanced guidance systems for mobile robotics. Nielsen also won a Second Place Award from the International Society for Optical Engineering;

Lauren Reid, of Uxbridge, Ontario, who picked up two First Place Special Awards from GE Energy and theSociety of Experimental Test Pilotsfor her project that explored ways of improving the efficiency of wind turbines by enabling them to operate at lower wind speeds; and

Adelina Corina Cozma, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, who won a Third Place Grand Award, and two Special Awards for the development of a computer-based audio-visual system to improve the lives of those with autism, auditory-visual integration deficits, and learning disabilities.

Complete Team Canada-ISEF Results

Dheevesh Arulmani (15) Mississauga ON

Photoelectrochemical Approach to PEM Fuel Cells Using Hydrodynamic Voltammetry

  • Second Place Grand Award ($1500)

Mohamed Reda Bensaidane (18) Québec QC & Alexandre Lemieux (18) Ste. Foy QC

Efficient Generation of Dopaminergic Neurons from Skin-derived Precursor Cells: Novel and Autologous Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

  • Third Place Grand Award

Sabrina Bouchard (17) Sherbrooke QC

Inhibition of the ATPase Activity of the Hepatitis C Virus NS3 Protein by Human Lactoferrin

  • Fourth Place Grand Award ($500)
  • First Prize ($2000), American Dental Association Foundation

Adelina Corina Cozma (15) Richmond Hill ON

Growing Up 'In Sync': Connecting a Bridge to an Autistic Mind's World

  • Third Place Grand Award ($1000)
  • First Prize ($1250), American Psychological Association
  • Second Award ($1000) for Excellence in Behavioural and Social Sciences, IIT College of Psychology

Howard Feng (15) Richmond Hill ON

Identification of Ezrin as a Colonic Substrate for Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Sigma

  • Second Place Grand Award ($1500)

Chris Nielsen (17) Calgary AB

Indoor Ground Manifold Tracking through Low-Cost Stereoscopy

  • First Place Grand Award ($3000)
  • Second Award ($1500), The International Society for Optical Engineering

Lauren Reid (15) Uxbridge ON

Reducing the Cut-In Wind Speed of Wind Turbine Blades by Redirecting the Boundary LayerAirflows

  • First Prize ($2500), GE Energy
  • First Award ($1000), Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Rui Song (15) Saskatoon (SK)

Racing to Find Molecular Markers to Differentiate Pathogen Races Attacking Lentil Crops

  • Second Place Grand Award ($1500)

Janelle Tam (15) & Vivienne Tam (18) Waterloo ON

Cellulose Crystals Clean and Cure

  • Fourth Place Grand Award ($500)

Grace Wang (17) London ON

Modulation of ERK5 in Inhibiting Breast Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion

  • Fourth Place Grand Award ($500)

Linda Wei (16) Vancouver BC

Trinovopan: Pre-Clinical Development of a Novel Anti-Cancer Combinational Therapy

  • Fourth Prize ($125), American Association of Pharmeceutical Scientists

Congratulations to all members of Team Canada-ISEF 2011 for a superb performance and for being excellent ambassadors of Canada and Canadian youth science.

Team Canada-ISEF is a program of Youth Science Canada and is generously supported by Intel of Canada and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).