Taiwanese students performed brilliantly in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), grabbing eight awards at the world’s largest pre-college science competition, which was held on Friday and yesterday in Los Angeles.
Twelve Taiwanese students competed in nine out of 12 categories, ranging from animal science to environmental management. They seized one second prize, three third prizes and four special prizes.
Sung Yun-chen (宋昀蓁) and Hu Nai-wen (胡乃文) from Taipei Municipal First Girls’ Senior High School won second prize with a team project in the physics and astronomy category.
Both Sung and Hu said they were excited about winning the prize, especially after learning that they are now entitled to name a comet.
“This is the thing that we want the most,” they said.
Chien Yun-chen (簡韻真) from Taipei Municipal First Girls’ Senior High School won a third prize in the chemistry category with a project titled “Lighting insulin with gold nanodots,” which explored the links between diabetes and Alzheimers.
Chen Si (陳曦) and Chen You-jung (陳又榕) from the Affiliated Senior High School of National Kaohsiung Normal University each obtained a third prize in the animal science and computer science categories.
More than 1,500 high school students from around the world took part in this year’s ISEF competition, vying for prizes and scholarships totaling more than US$4 million.
“Their work and the work of all the finalists at ISEF demonstrates what students can accomplish when they are inspired to pursue inquiry-based research,” said Elizabeth Marincola, president of the Society for Science and the Public, the organizer of the fair.