Karan Jerath and Aditya Mohile, both seniors at Friendswood High School,
competed at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pittsburgh, PA from May 10-15.
As the world’s largest international pre-college science fair, more than 1700 high school students from 78 countries presented their research projects to hundreds of judges from across the globe.
Special Awards were presented to both FHS students during the event.
During the concluding Grand Award Ceremony Jerath was selected as the Grand Award winner for Physical Sciences which earned him the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 scholarship.
Jerath was also awarded $3000 and 1st Place in Environmental Engineering and then received $5000 for Best in Category in Environmental Engineering.
Jerath has also been invited to travel to India later this year as part of the Intel and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and will be participating in India’s international science fair. This week-long, all-expenses paid trip also includes opportunities for him to meet with top scientists.
He was honored by the Organization of American States and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership while Mohile was honored by the American Dental Association Foundation and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Jerath’s research project was titled, International Oil Spill Remediation: The
Numerical Simulation of an in-situ Subsea Separator, Part II. Mohile’s research project was titled, Computer-Aided Oral Cancer Diagnosis.
Jerath and Mohile qualified to attend the Intel ISEF competition after being
selected at the Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMTSEF) held in San Antonio in March. EMTSEF sponsored the student’s trips to Intel ISEF.
Friendswood High school teachers and mentors, Dawne Welch and Theresa
Lawrence, were on hand to celebrate and share in this very special experience for both FHS students.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair honors the world’s most
promising student scientists, inventors and engineers. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by approximately 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.
“Intel believes young people are key to future innovation and that in order to the global challenges of tomorrow, we need students from all backgrounds to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math,” Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation, said. “We hope these winners will inspire other young people to pursue their interest in these fields and apply their curiosity, creativity and ingenuity to the common good.”
This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured approximately 1,700 young scientists selected from 422 affiliate fairs in more than 75 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 20 Best of Category winners, who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.