Special Awards Presented to Finalists of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2005)

The Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty (AVASC) Foundation presented 10 awards at the 2005 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) for projects displaying outstanding creativity, ingenuity with the potential to alleviate the human condition or marking a substantive advance in the scientific field.

First prize awards of a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond:

Gene Therapy Meets Chemotherapy: Exposure of Malignant Glioma Cells to Transgenic Embryonic Stem Cells and Temozolomide
Milana Zaurova, 17, The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, New York

Modulation of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Complex Via Morphine Coupled Nitric Oxide Release: A Possible Mechanism for the Prevention of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Suraj Hitendra Rambhia, 17, Jericho High School, Jericho, New York

Second prize awards of $500 U.S. Savings Bond:

Toward Self-Assembling Nanocircuitry Using Liquid Crystal Solvents
Karl James Plank, 17, Squalicum High School, Bellingham, Washington

Traditional Spices as Biopesticides
Mallika Dhillon Desai, 16, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Goa, India
Suvrata Desai, 16, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Goa, India

Minimizing Inconvenience in Directed Meshes: A Model for Traffic Optimization
Matthew Huang, 16, Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York

Comprehensive Evolutionary Study of Disease-Causing Amino Acid Substitutions Using Computational Analysis
Jeffrey M. Bhasin, 18, Rocky River High School, Rocky River, Ohio

Development and Standardization of a Novel Approach to Detect the Infectious Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathic Prion Content in Paraffin-Embedded Tissues
Megan Lakshmi Srinivas, 17, Fort Dodge Senior High School, Fort Dodge, Iowa

A Novel Simulation of Gravitational Lensing
Aliza Ilana Malz, 17, Hunter College High School, New York, New York

Fractal Dimension Analysis of Putative Martian Coastlines
Gabrielle Alyce Gianelli, 17, Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando, Florida

A New Algorithm for Multiple Hypothesis-based Tracking and Discovery of Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects
Anand M. Palaniappan, 17, David H. Hickman High School, Columbia, Missouri