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Seventeen-Year-Old Canadian student awarded $50,000 from the Intel Foundation at worldwide science fair

Nicholas Schiefer at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair


  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Jack Andraka Crownsville, Md. Gordon E. Moore $75,000
  • Nicholas Schiefer Pickering, Ontario, Canada Leesburg, Va. $50,000

PITTSBURGH May 18, 2012 Jack Andraka Crownsville, Md. Gordon E. Moore $75,000

Nicholas Schiefer Pickering, Ontario, Canada Leesburg, Va. $50,000

Nicholas studied what he calls "microsearch," or the ability to search the fastest-growing information medium: small amounts of content, such as tweets and Facebook status updates. Through his research, Nicholas hopes to improve search engines’ capabilities, which will in turn improve access to information.

Ari investigated the science of quantum teleportation. He found that once atoms are linked through a process called "entanglement," information from one atom will just appear in another atom when the quantum state of the first atom is destroyed. Using this method, organizations requiring high levels of data security, such as the National Security Administration, could send an encrypted message without running the risk of interception because the information would not travel to its new location; it would simply appear there.

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$5,000 $1,000

The following lists the 17 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:  

Category First Last City State/Country
Animal Sciences Lucy Hritzo Holland Pa.
Behavioral and Social Sciences Benjamin Kornick Roslyn Heights N.Y.
Biochemistry Rebecca Alford Commack N.Y.
Cellular and Molecular Biology Raghav Tripathi Portland Ore.
Chemistry Raghavendra Ramachanderan Bengaluru India
Computer Science Nicholas Schiefer Pickering, Ontario Canada
Earth and Planetary Sciences Mofeed Sawan London, Ontario Canada
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical Assiya Kussainova Karaganda, Karagandy Kazakhstan
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering Ryota Ishizuka Cos Cob Conn.
Energy and Transportation Shyamal Buch Folsom Calif.
Environmental Management Adam Noble Lakefield, Ontario Canada
Environmental Sciences Naomi Shah Portland Ore.
Mathematical Sciences Aishwarya Vardhana Beaverton Ore.
Medicine and Health Jack Andraka Crownsville Md.
Microbiology Felix Angelov Skokie Ill.
Physics and Astronomy Ari Dyckovsky Leesburg Va.
Plant Sciences Huihui Fan Staten Island N.Y.

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950, as the National Science Fair.

Elizabeth Marincola

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair includes some of the most promising rising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of 6 years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

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