Intel ISEF Success

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Please congratulate Roma Pradhan and Jamie McCullough on their recent participation at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held from May 11- 16 in Los Angeles, California. Participants at the Intel ISEF include more than 1700 high school scientists from 70 countries, regions and territories. Students selected to participate in this fair represent the best and the brightest from 435 affiliated local science fairs. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition with over $5 million in prizes awarded annually. The trip to Los Angeles was sponsored by the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston after Roma and Jamie were selected to advance to Intel ISEF from that fair.

Roma was awarded $1500 and 2nd place in the Computer Science category for her project “Train the Artificial Brain II: Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Treatment Plan of Alzheimer’s Diseases using Neural Networks”. This was Roma’s 2nd year to participate at Intel ISEF.

Jamie McCullough received a Special Award of $300 and 3rd place from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in the Physics category for her project “The Optimization of Rocket Nozzle Performance”.

The students enjoyed six days of seminars, competitions and social events including an evening at Universal Studios. The Intel ISEF was hosted by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel Foundation. For more information about Intel ISEF and a list of all the winning projects go to

Rebecca Clark, Physics Teacher