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55th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

by Patricia E. McQueeney

 

​May 9 - 14, 2004

Portland, Oregon

The 55th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 9-14, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. ISEF is a competition that takes place each May in a different city and attracts top high school students from around the world. Science Service administers and Intel Corporation sponsors ISEF each year.

The winners, including the world’s brightest high school science and engineering students, were awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. Over 1400 students participated in this year’s ISEF that included students from the United States and 41 countries. A number of the students have patents pending related to their projects.

Several awards are presented at ISEF. The “Grand Awards” are presented in various scientific categories and include scholarships, tuition grants, and scientific field trips. In addition to the “Grand Awards,” “Special Awards” are presented by numerous sponsoring organizations, including the AIPLA. Special Awards include scholarships, summer internships, book and equipment grants, scientific field trips, certificates, and cash awards.

Judging on behalf of the AIPLA this year were two members of the Young Lawyers Committee:  James Ruel from Robinson & Cole, LLP, Stamford, Connecticut, and Patricia McQueeney from Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year’s Special Awards were presented Thursday, May 13, 2004 by lead judges representing the sponsoring organization. Patricia McQueeney presented the AIPLA awards to the students at the Special Awards Ceremony.

This year, AIPLA awarded two “First Awards” of $1,000 and two “Second Awards” of $250, in addition to presenting a certificate to each of the students.

The AIPLA award winners, in the accompanying pictures with Patricia McQueeney, were “First Award” winners Leslie Yee Ming Beh of Singapore for “A Novel Approach of Gene Knockdown in Zebrafish through Targeted mRNA Cleavage” and Valerie Rose Hernandez of Pago Pago, American Samoa for “A Possible Alternative Method for Controlling Termites” and “Second Award” winners Jenna Rae Parisien of Belcourt, North Dakota for “A New Way to Send DNA” and David Nima Meigooni of Lexington, Kentucky for “A Novel Method of Enhancing Prostate Cancer Radiosensitization by Natural Compound Curcumin.” 

 

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Patricia McQueeney (left)  with "First Award" winner Valerie Rose Hernandez of Pago Pago, American Samoa for “A Possible Alternative Method for Controlling Termites" (center), and "Second Award" winner David Nima Meigooni  of Lexington, Kentucky for “A Novel Method of Enhancing Prostate Cancer Radiosensitization by Natural Compound Curcumin" (right).
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Patricia McQueeney with "First Award" winner Leslie Yee Ming Beh of Singapore for “A Novel Approach of Gene Knockdown in Zebrafish through Targeted mRNA Cleavage” (center) and "Second Award" winner Jenna Rae Parisien of Belcourt, North Dakota for “A New Way to Send DNA (right).
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All AIPLA Award winners with Patricia McQueeney (left).