LAHS Students Place in Grand Awards Ceremony

LAHS Award winners from left, sophomore David Murphy, senior Holly Erickson, and freshman Coleman Kendrick. Courtesy photo

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All three Los Alamos High School students attending the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair earned Grand Award Places during the Awards Ceremony Friday May 17.

Holly Erickson, Coleman Kendrick and David Murphy competed at the ISEF last week in Phoenix against 1,400 students from 70 countries, provinces and states for $3 million in prizes and awards.

Holly Catherine Erickson, 17, Los Alamos High School, Project Titled;  An Advanced Biomimetic Hand Using Additive Manufacturing. Intel ISEF Second Place Award in the Engineering: Materials and Bio-Engineering category. Erickson received a $1,500 cash award. Special Awards; MIT Lincoln Laboratory partnering with SSP and the Intel ISEF to promote science education through the Ceres Connection. The names of first and second place category award winners at Intel ISEF will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for naming of a minor planet. All minor planets in the Ceres Connection have been discovered by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program, operated by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. Erickson also received special awards from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation, First award, $1,000 savings bond. AVASC is an educational and medical service foundation dedicated to recognizing academic talent and providing services to the needy. AVASC awarded projects that displayed outstanding creativity, ingenuity, and have the potential to alleviate the human condition or mark a substantive advancement in the scientific field. International Council on Systems Engineering – INCOSE, Certificate of Honorable Mention. The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. INCOSE awarded the best interdisciplinary projects that can produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.

Coleman J. Kendrick, 14, Los Alamos High School, Project titled; N-Body Simulation of Saturn’s Ring Structure. Intel ISEF Third Place Award in Physics & Astronomy. Kendrick received a $1,000 cash award. Kendrick also received a $1,000 award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Founded in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research, answering basic questions like: What’s out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find?

David Patrick Murphy, 15, Los Alamos High School, Project Titled; The Effects of Vorticity on Vortex Formation and Morphology. Intel ISEF Fourth Place Award in Earth & Planetary Science. Murphy received a $500 cash award.

The top award of the evening, The Gordon E. Moore Award, recognizing the Best of the Best among the 1,400 outstanding students from around the world who participated in the Intel ISEF. The finalist with the winning project was selected on the basis of outstanding and innovative research, as well as on the potential impact of the work in the field and on the world at large. The $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award was presented to Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, 19, from, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania. Budisteanu’s project was titled; Using Artificial Intelligence to Create a Low Cost Self-driving Car.

Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced the Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2013. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2013 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

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