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2016 Intel ISEF Semifinalists Announced

Thirty-four high school students have been invited to participate in the 2016 Intel ISEF Qualifying competition. This year's competition is hosted by OCSEF and the Beckman Center, and is the qualifying competition for the Intel ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition. OCSEF affiliates with the ISEF to provide more opportunities and greater challenges for high school students in STEM fields.


The Intel ISEF Qualifying competition will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. Below is a list of all semifinalists.


Student NameProject TitleSchool
Rachel Chae The effect of Body Mass Index on the pH of hydrolipidic film in human skin Woodbridge High School
Annette Chang Turning Harmful Greenhouse Gases Into Valuable Fuel: A Novel Method for Biogas Reforming in a Heat Exchanger Platform Reactor Using Metal Foam Catalysts Woodbridge High School
Aurnov Chattopadhyay Fabrication of Cadmium Selenide Nano - junction Photodetectors through Lithographically Patterned Nanowire Electrodeposition University High School
Jennifer Choi Entangling Time-bin Qubits Using an Optical Switch: Laser Attenuation and Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Construction Oxford Academy
Adam Cohen Soordi Tarbut V' Torah
Ali Fares Seeing LIKA Bat: A Haptic Vest That Allows Blinds to Visualize Their Surroundings. Northwood High School
Anita Garg The Effect of Seeding Styles, Competition, and Slope Orientation on the Growth of a Coastal Sage Scrub Community University High School
Aaron Gerber Soordi Tarbut V' Torah
Shreyas Hukkeri Smart Air-Quality Monitoring System University High School
Neda Izadyar Bioengineering of Bone Fragments in Calcium Alginate Using Canine Adipose Derived Stem Cells Exposed to Osteogenic Media and Bone Morphogenic Protein 7 Woodbridge High School
Linghao Kong The Effect of Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 on the Metabolic Pathway in Cancerous Cells University High School
Oliver LaCapria Removing Nitrogenous Waste From an Ecosystem Villa Park High School
Sean Le Van Accurately Identifying Personality TRaits through a Novel Computational Linguistic Model Other
Victoria Lee Nanowire Sensing of Iron (III) in Millimolar Concentrations Fountain Valley High School
Channing Lee Battle of the Beverages Cornelia Connelly High School
Eric Li A Novel Method of Simulating Drug Docking in Enzyme Binding Pockets Northwood High School
Patrick Liu Project POE: Tri-Sensor Cardiac Monitoring System University High School
Anna Lou Closing the Achievement Gap in STEM: The Influence of Prior Knowledge on the Guidance Effects in Technology-Based Guided Student-Centered Learning Oxford Academy
Varun Mandi Examining the Coding and Non-Coding Regions of Enhancer Landscapes in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (VSMCs) Stimulated with Angiotensin II Troy High School
Anish Neervannan Modeling Deep Learning Neural Net Based Image Recognition to Distinguish Melanoma from Other Forms of Skin Cancer Better Than a Trained Professional University High School
Charles Noyes Pandora: A Blockchain-Driven Secure Multiparty Computation Market at Scale Villa Park High School
Jennifer Pan Revealing Cysteine-rich Protein Domains in silico Arnold O. Beckman High School
Leigh Polson Don't stress out Oxi-Dentally Villa Park High School
Elise Rio The BRCA1 Tumor Suppressor Gene Upregulated in Response to Transfection University High School
Elizabeth Salmond Livin' the Hydra Life: Hydra Regeneration as Affected by Various Types of Symbiotic Algae Villa Park High School
Shalin Shah Voice: Computer Vision Algorithms to Counter Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and other Pathological Typhlosis Through Assistive Perusal Tesoro High School
Neal Sharma Dynamics of Paxillin at Focal Adhesion Sites University High School
Spencer Sheen A Study of Coordinate Descent Method for Matrix Factorization and Applications Woodbridge High School
Sydney Strupp Ocean Acidification Effect on Cyanobacteria Eutrophication Villa Park High School
Matthew Tang Fabrication and Evaluation of the use of Dry Electrodes in a Long-term Wireless Heart Monitoring System Northwood High School
Justin Wang Phasor-FLIM Analysis of Metabolic Effects of Caffeine and Cisplatin on a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cell Line Irvine High School
Michael Wu An Analysis of SOA Produced from a Novel Liquid-Phase Reactor and Their Impacts on Climate University High School
Michelle Xu Contact Order and its Application on the Hydrophobic-Polar Lattice Model for Protein Folding through Ant Colony Optimization Arnold O. Beckman High School
Clare Zhu Quantifying the Complexity of Conformational Transitions in the Partial and Biased Activation of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Northwood High School