Special Awards Presented to Finalists of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2011)

The Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty (AVASC) Foundation presented awards at the 2011 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) for projects displaying outstanding creativity and ingenuity with the potential to alleviate the human condition or mark a substantive advance in the scientific field.

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

Genes on Steroids: RNA Activation-Mediated Gene Upregulation in C. elegans
Brian Tshao Do, 16, Silver Creek High School, San Jose, California

EGFR-Targeted Gold Nanoparticle Constructs for Cancer Nanomedicine
Trent Kaveh Navran, 17, Solon High School, Solon, Ohio

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

Acmella oleracea: A Naturally Growing Weed as Effective Pest Controller
Akansha Verma, 16, Maharaja Agarsain Public School, Delhi, Delhi, India
Abhishek Khanna, 17, Maharaja Agarsain Public School, Delhi, Delhi, India

Mosquitoes Be Gone!
Ruchi Jayesh Shah, 17, Sachem High School North, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

An Efficient, Real-time Computer-aided Stereoscopic Parallax Prediction Solution and Its Implementation
Sheng Zhu, 18, No.2 Secondary School Attached to East China Normal University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Developing More Efficient Models of Titanium Dioxide Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Shawn S. Tuteja, 18, The Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama

Nanoscale Patterned Coating of PLLA for Use with Soft Tissue Implants
Joshua David Bocarsly, 18, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Synthesis of Complex Nanostructures for Solar Cells: Analysis Using Novel D-SCOPEn
Shyamal Buch, 15, Vista del Lago High School, Folsom, California

Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility, and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters
Jonathan F Li, 18, St. Margaret's Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, California

In silico Exploration of Aberrant Methylation
Achutha Narayana Raman, 18, Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, Dover, Massachusetts