Four members of the Massachusetts delegation to Intel ISEF were honored last night at the Special Award Organizations Ceremony. Congratulations to Rahi Punjabi, Emory Payne, Zohaib Moonis and Douglas Smith! Read on for details about their awards and winning projects.
Award: American Society for Microbiology
Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science membership organization in the world. Members worldwide represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specializations plus a division for microbiology educators. The ASM awards honor the most outstanding microbiology projects.
Rahi Dilip Punjabi, 16, Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough, Massachusetts: “Engineering a Novel Fusion Protein Therapy for Meningococcal Infection” (Second Award of $1,750)
Award: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health & the Friends of NIDA
Part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest science competition for high school students, the Addiction Science Award is given by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to three exemplary projects on the topic of addiction science.
Emory Morris Payne, 17, and Zohaib Majaz Moonis, 17, Bancroft School, Worcester, Massachusetts: “The Effect of Ethanol on Beta Cell Development in Zebrafish” (Second Award of $1,500)
Award: Patent and Trademark Office Society
The PTOS is a membership-based organization for Patent and Trademark professionals and other interested individuals. From its inception in 1917, the Society has been dedicated to the improvement and appreciation of the United States Patent and Trademark Systems through promoting the systems’ growth and well-being, as well as promoting the social and intellectual welfare of the Society members.
Douglas Adam Smith, 17, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, Worcester, Massachusetts: “The BodyMusic Composition Platform: Augmenting Conventional Music Production with Natural Body Articulation” (First Award of $250)