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2019 North Carolina ISEF International Winners

Seven North Carolina student science and engineering researchers are international winners, recently recognized by the Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, for Special and Grand Awards of the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. These students competed against 1,800 students from over 80 countries to earn top honors. Congratulations to these and all the North Carolina students competing in this prestigious event.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the United States government agency with a mission of science, service, and stewardship. Its mission touches the lives of every American, protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. NOAA's "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" awards recognize outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences with cash awards and a first prize summer internship.

Second Award of $500
The Bioaccumulation, Toxicity, and Electrical Discharge Plasma-Treatment of the Emerging Perfluorinated Contaminant, GenX
Elizabeth Grace Kinsey, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Wilmington, NC, United States of America
  • Uma Loh Volety, John T Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC, United States of America





  • National Security Agency Research Directorate
    The NSA Research Directorate is one of the most established research organizations in the U.S. Intelligence Community. As a world leader in science and technology, Research engages with leading industries, universities, and national laboratories to both advance core competencies and to leverage work in overlapping disciplines. The ISEF Special Awards recognize exceptional research that demonstrates world-class skills in mathematics, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, physics, and neuroscience while promoting research that can assure and protect cyberspace.

    First Place Award "Material Science" $1,000
    Glue Busters II: The Effects of Accelerated Cure Time on the Ultimate Shear Strength and Efficiency of CA and PVA Glue
    Kaitlyn Lee Zuravel, Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville, NC, United States of America 
    Grand Awards

    Biomedical Engineering

    Fourth Award of $500
    A Novel Multimodal Wearable Sensor System for Continuous Monitoring of Chronic Diseases
  • Jason Li, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC, United States of America

  • Chemistry

    Fourth Award of $500
    Synthesis of Silver Compounds with Potential Anti-Cancer Activity: Silver(I) Complexes with Xylyl-Substituted Heterocyclic Thiones and Selones
  • Aakriti Lakshmanan, Ardrey Kell High School, NC, United States of America


  • Material Science

    Fourth Award of $500
    Get a Grip: Creating Soft Robotic Grippers via Self-folding by Infrared Activation
  • Ana Ratanaphruks, Wake STEM Early College High School, NC, United States of America



  • Translational Medical Science 

    Fourth Award of $500
    Battling Blindness in Premature Babies: An Image Processing and Machine Learning Based Application for Early Detection and Prevention of Retinopathy of Prematurity
    Ishaan Maitra, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC, United States