It’s a new school year and new website!

Welcome back to school, teachers, parents and students!  Teachers (parents can too), please read the important information for you to know for the 2015 Fair.

In the late Spring, the GSDSEF launched a new website.   You can find the rules, forms and other information for doing a science and engineering project in San Diego and Imperial Counties in the “Participate in the Fair” section of the website.

The 2015 Fair will take place Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Balboa Park Activity Center.

We will once again be offering workshops to help students with the science fair projects.  Please check back here for dates.

We hope your 2014-2015 school year is a great one!

San Diego shines at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!

We are extremely proud of our students as they compete beyond our Fair.  This year the six students sent to represent the GSDSEF at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) totaled $78,000 in scholarships/cash awards AND an all-expense paid trip to CERN.  Our finalists garnered four Grand Awards and seven Special Awards.  Our San Diego Fair continues to prove that we are one of the top notch fairs world-wide.  This year in Los Angeles, 1783 finalists competed to represent all 50 states and over 70 countries.

Below are the results.

William C. Hang, 16, Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, California

Project: Semantic Multilayer SVM: Novel Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision Applied to Prostate Cancer Grading and Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Category: Computer Science
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=CS073&Year=2014
 Awards:
  • Grand Award - 2nd place ($1500)
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence  - AAAI is a scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI promotes research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence, as well as public understanding of artificial intelligence. AAAI also strives to improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance on the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.  Second Award of $1,000
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research-CERN - CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter, the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of nature. All expense paid trip to tour CERN
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia - University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of fall 2015. At USciences, we are building on a life sciences legacy started almost two centuries ago as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. From treating, researching, and studying diseases and cures on a molecular level to the medicines that improve lives worldwide, USciences is about moving life forward. Tuition Scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years.

 

 

Yousuf Mounir Soliman, 17, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, California

Project: Indium: Using Novel Machine Learning Algorithms to Develop a Nondisease-specific Personalized Medicine Engine
Category: Computer Science
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=CS074&Year=2014
  • Grand Award – 1st place ($3000)
  • Intel® Open Source Technology Center - The Intel® Open Source Technology Center (OTC) is a leader in open source development with a mission to deliver operating systems products and enable our hardware in operating systems/open source software to create a continuous stream of technology innovation that unlocks the potential of Intel hardware and creates software business opportunities. The OTC will present the Intel® Open Source Technology Awards to the best use of open source technology or software. First Award of $4000
  • American Statistical Association - The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians. The ASA supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Our members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. Second Award of $500

 

 

Eric S. Chen, 18, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, California

Project: Towards a Combination Antiviral Therapy for Flu: An Interdisciplinary Drug Discovery Effort
Category: Medicine and Health Sciences
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=ME101&Year=2014
Awards:
  • Grand Award – 1st place ($3000)
  • Fundació Víctor Grífols i Lucas - The Victor Grifols i Lucas Foundation was created in 1998, under the auspices of Grifols, with the mission of promoting bioethics through dialogue between specialists in a range of areas. The Foundation seeks to foster ethical attitudes in organizations, companies and individuals active in the field of human health. To achieve this, it offers a discussion platform which provides a forum for the exchange of different perspectives on the ethics of life. Second Award of $3,000

 

Kalyani Ramadurgam, 15, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, California

Project: High Dimensional Clustering Algorithms Applied to Face Recognition of Obscured Faces
Category: Computer Science
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=CS075&Year=2014
Awards:
  • Grand Award – 3rd place ($1000)

 

Min Jean Cho, 16, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, California

Project: Applying Bayes’ Theorem to DNA Sequence for Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria
Category: Mathematics
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=MA047&Year=2014
Awards:
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists - The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists. SEG, founded in 1930, fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 33,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, websites, and educational opportunities. Award of Merit of $1,000

 

Noorhan Zainab Amani, 14, Mount Everest Academy, San Diego, California

Project: Determining the Effectiveness of Various Subskills Training and Practice on Visual Perception
Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences
Abstract: https://apps2.societyforscience.org/abstracts/project.cfm?PID=BE039&Year=2014