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2015 State Science Fair Info

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Qualification


Each year, the OCSEF Board of Directors provides the opportunity for many of our best projects to enter the California State Science Fair (CSSF). Historically, the OCSEF has selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Senior Division (Grades 9-12), and 1st and 2nd place winners in the Junior Division (Grades 6-8). If there are more spaces available, we assign a number of 3rd place winners in the Junior Division by lottery and select a number of alternates from this group as well.

The OCSEF will send an email shortly after the end of judging to students who are eligible to enter the CSSF as guaranteed participants or as alternates. The email will include a link to the CSSF registration procedure and the absolute deadline for submitting an application. Alternates should submit their application as well. The application fee will be returned to alternates who are not selected to represent Orange County in the state science fair.

 

 

Key Dates


The 64th annual California State Science Fair will be held in the California Science Center on May 18-19, 2015.

 

 

Location


The 2015 California State Science Fair will be held in the California Science Center. For detailed directions to the California Science Center, go to the CSSF Website Directions Page.

 

Project Categories

 

A list of categories is provided here. For more detailed explanations and examples of projects for each of the categories, go to the California State Science Fair Website!

 

1. Aerodynamics/ Hydrodynamics (Junior Division Only): Studies of aerodynamics and propulsion of air, land, water, and space vehicles; aero/ hydrodynamics of structures and natural objects. Studies of the basic physics of fluid flow.

2. Alternative Energy (Junior Division Only): Studies of power generation using alternative energy technologies such as solar cells.

3. Applied Mechanics & Structures: Studies concerning the design, manufacture, and operation of mechanisms, including characteristics of materials, dynamic response, and active/ passive control. Testing for strength and stiffness of materials used to provide structural capability; studies and testing of structural configurations designed to provide improved weight and force loading or stiffness capabilities. Senior Division only: includes aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and fluids projects.

4. Behavioral & Social Sciences: Studies of human psychology, behavior, development, linguistics, and the effects of chemical or physical stress on these processes. Experimental or observational studies of attitudes, behaviors, or values of a society or groups within a society, and of the influences of society on group behavior. Includes gender and diversity studies, anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. Studies may focus on either normal or abnormal behavior. Senior Division only: includes studies of cognition.

5. Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology: Studies at the molecular, biochemical, or enzymatic levels in animals (including humans), plants, and microorganisms, including yeast. Studies of biological molecules, e.g., DNA, RNA, proteins, fats, vitamins, nutrients.

6. Chemistry: Studies in which chemical properties of nonbiological organic and inorganic materials (excluding biochemistry) are observed. Some studies involving physical properties are appropriate, including phase changes, crystal structures and formation, intermolecular and intramolecular forces.

7. Cognitive Science (Junior Division Only): Studies of learning, memory, and cognition in humans, using human or animal models for human processes. Studies of the effects of chemical or physical stress on cognition. Includes projects on subliminal perception, optical illusions, recall and observations (e.g. reliability of eyewitnesses), and the interaction of different senses.

8. Earth & Planetary Sciences: Studies in geology, seismology, engineering geology, atmospheric physics, weather, physical oceanography, marine geology, and coastal processes.

9. Electronics & Electromagnetics: Experimental or theoretical studies with electrical circuits, computer design, electro-optics, electromagnetic applications, and antennas.

10. Environmental Engineering (Junior Division Only): Projects which apply technologies such as recycling, reclamation, restoration, composting, and bioremediation which could benefit the environment and/or the effects of pollution on the environment.

11. Environmental Science: Projects surveying, measuring, or studying the impact of natural and man-made changes on the environment. Examples include: floods, fires, biohazardous spills, acid rain, earthquakes, air pollution, and water pollution.

12. Mammalian Biology: Studies of growth and developmental biology, anatomy, and physiology in all mammals, including humans. Studies of the behavior of all mammals in their natural habitats (or reproductions of them).

13. Materials Science (Junior Division Only): Studies of materials characteristics and their static (not in motion) physical properties. Includes measurements and comparisons of materials durability, flammability, and insulation properties (thermal, electrical, acoustic, optical, electromagnetic, etc.).

14. Mathematics & Software: Studies in geometry, topology, real and complex analysis, number theory, algorithm analysis and optimization, artificial intelligence, computability, computer graphics, modeling and simulation, programming environments and languages.

15. Microbiology (General): Studies of genetics, growth, and physiology of bacteria, fungi, protists, algae, or viruses. Includes surveys of bacterial contamination. Senior Division Only: includes projects described within the category Microbiology (Medical).

16. Microbiology (Medical): (Junior Division Only) Studies of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Includes all antimicrobial studies except testing of commercial antimicrobials.

17. Pharmacology/ Toxicology: Studies of the effects of chemicals, toxins, medicinal and nutritional factors (such as vitamins), prescription drugs, natural remedies, food components (caffeine), and potentially harmful factors (such as temperature, carbon dioxide, radiation) at the cellular or higher levels on plants and animals.

18. Physics & Astronomy: Studies of the physical properties of matter, light, acoustics, thermal properties, solar physics, astrophysics, orbital mechanics, observational astronomy, and astronomical surveys. Computer simulations of physical systems are appropriate in this category.

19. Plant Biology: Studies of the genetics, growth, morphology, or physiology of plants. Studies on the effects of fertilizers on plants.

20. Product Science (Biological) (Junior Division Only): Comparison and testing of commercial off-the-shelf products (except antimicrobials) for quality and/or effectiveness for intended use in real-world consumer-oriented applications. This category is reserved for experimental methods involving biological sciences and processes.

21. Product Science (Physical) (Junior Division Only): Comparison and testing of commercial off-the-shelf products for quality and/or effectiveness for intended use in real-world consumer-oriented applications. This category is reserved for experimental methods involving non-biological, physical sciences and processes.

22. Zoology: Studies of growth and developmental biology, anatomy, and physiology in animals other than mammals. Studies of the behavior of all animals (excluding mammals) in their natural habitats (or reproductions of them).

 

Forms

 

Application Forms

 

Please download a copy of the complete Application Packet here:

Complete Application Packet

In the Application Packet you will find the answers to most of your questions.

If you are only looking for one particular part of the Application, you may find it in on the CSSF website in Information for Student Participants.

 

Certification Form

 

As the CSSF website states, if your project uses human subjects, vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous biological agents, you will need to complete a certification form. You have two choices:

  1. Most students will submit the CSSF Safety/Certification form found in the Application Packet above. This is a simple form requiring signatures only by you and your project advisor.
  2. However, recognizing that some Senior Division projects will have already completed the relevant ISEF forms, CSSF will accept them as well. If you submit ISEF forms, do not send originals – send copies only. Keep your original forms at your display in your Project Notebook. The only ISEF forms that are of concern here are numbered 2, 3, 4, 5 (A or B), 6A, and 6B. None of the other ISEF forms are relevant to any CSSF purpose.

It is entirely your choice which form you submit. For CSSF purposes there is no distinction.

 

Professional Research Environment

 

As CSSF states, this section applies only if your project was performed partially or entirely within a professional research environment such as a university, national government lab, or a laboratory in private industry. If this describes your project, you are required by Display Regulation #8 to have a letter from an institutional representative explaining what portion of the project was uniquely due to your efforts. Intel ISEF Form 1C is an acceptable substitute.

This letter (or Form 1C) must be available for the judges to inspect at the project display. Further, a copy of this letter (or Form 1C) must be delivered to CSSF before you will be allowed to register and set up your project display. We recommend including this copy in the same mailing as your Signature Card and Application Fee. If this is not possible, send your Signature Card and Application Fee immediately and then send the letter (or Form 1C) as soon as possible.

 

 

 

For more information and to apply, visit the CSSF Application Page.

 

2014 OC Winners

 

Kevin Lee was named California State Science Fair Student of the Year at the 2014 California State Science Fair held April 28th and 29th at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles.  Overall, 34 of the 94 projects submitted by Orange County students (36%) received category awards at the state competition.  Additionally, six projects received special awards at the event.

 

California State Science Fair Student of the Year –

$1,000 to a student in grade 12 on the basis of his/her project and other activities

S1207, Kevin K. Lee

Grade 12, University High School, Irvine, Orange County

Advisor: Dr. John Lowengrub

Project: Strongly Coupling the Electrical and Mechanical Dynamics of the Heartbeat in a Diffuse Interface Model

 

Sushila & Chandi Charan Kar Award –

For an outstanding project in the health sciences, especially with humanitarian consequences. Award is $1000. Presented by the Sheila Kar Health Foundation.

Award:

S1207, Kevin K. Lee, Orange County

 

Clinical Chemistry Award –

For interesting and original projects that impact the future of clinical chemistry. Three awards in each division. Award is $250 in the Senior Division, $150

in the Junior Division. Presented by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Southern California Section.

Senior Division:  S0607, Akshay R. Hampapur, Orange County

Senior Division:  S1732, Daniel S. Yang, Orange County

 

Plug In America EV Excellence Award –

For the best project demonstrating the benefits of plug-in vehicles or advancing the science of vehicle electrification. Award is $200 in the Senior Division, $100 in the Junior Division.   Presented by Plug In America.

Senior Division:  S0310, Amy Z. Dong, Orange County

 

Skulls Unlimited Recognition Award –

Three awards will be presented. Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is an animal skull and a certificate. Presented by Skulls Unlimited International, Inc.

Award:       J1216, the team of Stacy R. Halperin and Michael J. Kerrigan, Orange County

 

UC Irvine, Earth System Science Award –

For the project best demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of Earth System Science. Limited to projects in the Senior Division. Award is $250. Presented by the University of California, Irvine, Department of Earth System Science.

Award:       S0805, Karen V. Pham, Orange County

 

Thirty-four projects from Orange County received awards at the 2014 California State Science Fair, April 28th in Los Angeles. 

 

Rosenblum, Allyson M.

7

Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus

1

Pharmacology/ Toxicology

Ensari, Pelin

8

Fairmont Private Junior High School

1

Behavioral & Social Sciences 

Ahmed, Sameer

8

Fairmont Private Junior High School

2

Product Science (Physical)

Xu, Michelle C.

8

Pioneer Middle School

2

Mathematics & Software

Wu, Michael D.

8

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

2

Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Pham, Karen V.

10

Villa Park High School

2

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Iyer, Adithi R.

10

Woodbridge High School

2

Environmental Science

Lee, Kevin K.

12

University High School

2

Mammalian Biology

Darius, Aiden G.

6

Stone Creek Elementary School

3

Mammalian Biology 

Patel, Aisha N.

7

Orange Crescent School

3

Product Science (Biological) 

Khashayar, Sahar A.

8

Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus

3

Electronics & Electromagnetics

Kambhampati, Sandeep

9

University High School

3

Environmental Science

Wang, Aileen F.

11

Aliso Niguel High School

3

Mammalian Biology

Xu, Grace

11

University High School

3

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Tuinstra, Andrew K.

7

Fairmont Private Junior High School

4

Chemistry 

Kao, Michael

8

Fairmont Private Junior High School

4

Materials Science

Conrad, Kelly

8

McPherson Magnet School

4

Mammalian Biology

Miles, Kayla J.

8

McPherson Magnet School

4

Mammalian Biology

Duquette, Joshua B.

8

Talbert (Samuel S.) Middle School

4

Microbiology (General) 

Gupta, Ashwin M.

6

Orchard Hills Middle School

HM

Chemistry

Cho, Karen H.

6

Turtle Rock Elementary School

HM

Mammalian Biology

Promprasert, Patcharada

8

Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus

HM

Pharmacology/ Toxicology

Domae, Amy F.

8

Fairmont Private Junior High School

HM

Applied Mechanics & Structures

Duke, Alexis C.

8

Fairmont Private Junior High School

HM

Cognitive Science

Xing, Jeffrey W.

8

Jeffrey Trail Middle School

HM

Electronics & Electromagnetics

Dang, Katherine E.

8

Lakeside Middle School

HM

Mammalian Biology

Talkington, Amelia R.

8

Renascence School International

HM

Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Cordrey, Skyler R.

8

St. Margaret's Episcopal School

HM

Behavioral & Social Sciences 

Jeon, Justin H.

9

Tesoro High School

HM

Electronics & Electromagnetics

Polyakov, Lauren

10

Villa Park High School

HM

Pharmacology/ Toxicology 

Dingilian, Armine I.

10

Woodbridge High School

HM

Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Kim, Lauren

10

Woodbridge High School

HM

Applied Mechanics & Structures

Holcomb, Rae J.

11

Woodbridge High School

HM

Applied Mechanics & Structures

Yang, Daniel S.

11

Woodbridge High School

HM

Pharmacology/ Toxicology

 

 

Orange County students compared favorably with students from other large county/regional science fairs:

 

 

County Fair

# Projects Allotted

# Awards

% Awards

Orange County

94

34

36

Riverside/San Bernardino

67

19

28

San Diego

103

34

33

Los Angeles County

119

53

44

Santa Clara

87

49

56