Six Taiwanese students won 12 awards at last week’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California, the best performance ever by a local team in the world’s largest pre-college science competition.
Huang Yi-hsuan (黃亦軒) from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School and Chen Yu-hsin (陳郁欣) from Taipei First Girls High School each took four awards.
Huang, 17, submitted a project on the mechanistic characterization of a transcription factor bZIP16 in regulating arabidopsis flowering pathways.
He was one of the three winners of the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award that offers an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, which includes attendance at the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
Huang also won the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award and the First Award in the plant sciences category, as well as the Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science First Award.
Chen, 17, won an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the EU Contest for Young Scientists, for her project on increasing tropical cyclone intensity and ocean subsurface warming in the western North Pacific Ocean.
She also took the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award and the First Award in the earth and planetary sciences category, as well as the Third Award offered by the American Meteorological Society.
Chen Pei-ming (陳培鳴), 16, and Chiu Shao-ting (邱紹庭), 18, both from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, won the Fourth Award in the microbiology category. They also snagged the First Award offered by the American Society for Microbiology.
Shen Yu-hsuan (沈玉宣), 18, from Taipei First Girls High School, took the Fourth Award in the chemistry category.
One of the youngest members of the team, Wang Kuan-yu (王冠萭), a 13-year-old from Greater Kaohsiung’s San Min Junior High School, won the Fourth Award in mathematical sciences.