Young Canadian Scientists Tops at EUCYS... Again

Tue, 2013-09-24 17:50 -- Reni Barlow

For the second year in a row, a Canadian has captured the prestigious International Cooperation Prize at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS). Earlier today, Jessie MacAlpine of Woodstock, Ontario (left in photo) won the award for her project, Mustard Oil as an Apicomplexan-Targeting Drug Therapy for Plasmodium falciparum - a promising cure for malaria that uses a cooking oil common in developing countries and costs one million times less than the current leading antimalarial drug.

The International Cooperation Prize, given to the best project from a guest country exhibiting at the event, includes a cash prize of 5,000 Euros (about $7,000), which MacAlpine notes will be used to support further research on the potential therapy. Her work was up against top projects from national science fairs in China, Egypt, New Zealand, South Korea, as well as the USA-based Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which sent Canadian Zeyu Liu, of Calgary, Alberta as its representative.

Liu (right in photo) won the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports Prize for Talent in Engineering of 1,000 Euros (about $1,400) for A Novel Modular Repulsive Type Hybrid Magnetic Bearing for FES Systems. His hybrid design combines permanent magnetic, electromagnetic, and thrust bearings to produce a modular, ultra-low friction system for use in flywheel energy storage (FES) systems, which can replace or supplement batteries in applications such as electric cars.

"Canada's young scientists continue to demonstrate that they are among the best in the world." noted Reni Barlow, Youth Science Canada's Executive Director. "Consistently winning top awards at international youth science events like EUCYS, Intel ISEF, and the Google Science Fair shows that Youth Science Canada has an effective system for engaging, supporting, and recognizing young Canadians in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)."

Bringing together 126 contestants with 85 projects representing 37 countries in 2013, EUCYS is the science fair championships for the European Union. First Place EU awards at the Prague event went to projects from Finland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Download a complete list of award winners.

Visit the EUCYS 2013 web site for more information.