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Massachusetts Students Win Special Awards at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

Six Massachusetts high school students won awards presented at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair's Special Awards Ceremony last evening.  The grand prize winners will be announced during a separate ceremony taking place today.  Stay tuned for updates as the become available! Congratulations to these outstanding ISEF Special-Award-winning students from Massachusetts: Name: Sneha Subramaniam School: Westborough High School Project: "Engineering a Novel Hydrogel Matrix for Bone Cell Regeneration" Description: The goal of this project was to engineer a low cost and low risk alternative for bone cell regeneration through tissue engineering techniques. An mTG crosslinked gelatin hyrogel was used as a scaffold and its effectiveness quantified by biomineralization. Prizes: - National Aeronautics and Space Administration 3rd place award - American Dental Association Foundation 2nd place $1000 award - United States Army $1500 award Name: Surya Bhupatiraju and Dr. Parul Kumar School: Lexington High School Project: "Investigating the Spread of the Influenza A Virus: A Phylogetic Analysis of the H1N1 Subtype" Description: We explore H1N1 using a phylogenetic analysis of its NA gene. We identified two different strains of H1N1 in 2009, its path throughout the US during the 20th century, and isolated the time and nucleotide location where resistance to a drug was acquired. Prize: Agilent Technologies $5000 award to the teacher for classroom supplies Name: Daniel White School: Somerset-Berkley Regional High School Project: "Diagnosing Premature Cancer Mathematically Utilizing Minkowski Dimension" Description: Minkowski dimension is used to model the behaviors of the membranes of cells. Cancer is the uncontrollable growth and division of cells. Unregulated growth provides for structural irregularies in the cell's membrane evident in the Minkowski dimension. Prize: American Intellectual Property Law Association 2nd place $500 award Name: Anish Athalye School: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science Project: "Cooling without Electricity: Engineering a New Refrigerator" Description: A novel cooling technology based on the adsorption cycle was invented and proven to work. In addition, full scale prototypes were engineered and shown to achieve enough cooling effect for the application: medicine refrigeration in developing countries. Prize: King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity "Mawhiba" 1st place award for Renewable Energy Name: Emily Xie School: Boston Latin School Project: "Development of Recombinant Oral Bacteria as AIDS Vaccine Vector" Description: In this study, we engineered the first recombinant Streptococcus mitis bacterium that contains an HIV gene as an oral AIDS vaccine candidate. Prize: Patent and Trademark Office Society 2nd place award for Outstanding Originality, Analysis and Clarity in Science and Technology Name: Emily Hu School: Lexington High School Project: "The Effects of Mindful Decision Making on Post Decision Regret" Description: The purpose of this experiment is to determine a relationship between mindful decision-making and post decision regret. The main objective is to confirm that both trait and state mindfulness produces less post decision regret. Prize: SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark - $2000 and a Broadway Theatre package

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