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NC Science and Engineering Fair Announces 2011 Winners

For Immediate Release
Tom Williams, SMT Center
(919) 815-6658

NC Science and Engineering Fair Announces 2011 Winners

Raleigh, N.C. – March 29, 2011 – The NC Science and Engineering Fair announces the winners of its 24th annual competition that took place on Sat., March 26, at Meredith College. More than 300 young scientists in grades 3-12 from throughout the state presented their research projects during the event.

Sam Houston, CEO and president of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NC SMT) commented, “These students and their teachers are to be commended for their commitment and the innovation their research projects demonstrate. We look forward to seeing the long-term educational dividends they will reap from their hands-on participation at this statewide level of science research and competition.”

“Over the past seven years, we have been pleased to host the annual Science and Engineering Fair, where the science potential of North Carolina’s students and the dedication of their teachers are recognized,” said Elizabeth Wolfinger, vice president of Academic Programs and Planning of Meredith College. “Investing in this type of partnership in science and engineering is important to Meredith's vision.”

More than 70 awards from education, government and business partners were presented to students. NCSEF Director Judy Day said, “Our local and regional teachers and fair directors from across North Carolina continue to raise the standards for these student research projects across all STEM areas. Our 130-plus judges continue to share their pride in the quality of our student research across all events in grades 3-12.”

In the high school division, eight projects were selected to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif., May 8-14. This event draws students from 50 countries.

They include Yunqian (Sherry) Tang of Cary; Brittany Williams of Wilmington; Karthikeyan Ardhanareeswaran and Arjun Bhattacharya of Apex; Greeshma Somashekar of Durham; Raleigh resident Pranav Haravu, Winston-Salem resident Vipul Vachharajani; Aakash Indurkhya of Charlotte; Elizabeth Schroder of Mooresville; and Catherine McVey of Graham.

Selected award winning students also were invited to attend the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and the Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) competition in Houston, Tex., from May 4-9. The objective of I-SWEEEP is to increase student awareness of sustainability issues. The students that will go to
I-SWEEEP’s Project Olympiad include: Robert Johnson of Wilmington, and Mooresville residents Robert Gourley and Jaehyeong Lee.

Contributions from the following sponsors made the 2011 NCSEF competition possible:

Platinum

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Time Warner Cable: Connect A Million Minds
  • NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

Gold

  • Duke Energy
  • Progress Energy
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Bronze

  • Banner Pharmacaps
  • Talecris Biotherapeutics
  • Strategic Educational Alliances
  • Carolina Biological
  • Marsha and Bill Morris

Lead

  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

Other

  • Fisher Science Education, Thermo Fisher Scientific

University Partners

  • Meredith College
  • North Carolina State University
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