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2013 Region V Science & Engineering Fair Awards

If you know of a business or organization that would like to sponsor a special award please have them contact me.

In addition to the below special awards - first, second, third place and honorable mentions will be awarded in each category of the Elementary, Junior, and Senior divisions.  A Best of Show in each division will be selected as well as an Overall Fair winner from the Senior division.  The Overall Winner and Best of Senior Division will receive an automatic bid to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, California.   Also,  "Best of Schools"  Awards will be presented to the Elementary, Junior, and Senior High Schools, that win the most 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention Awards at Regional Competition.  In the event of a tie, special awards will be used as the tie breaker.  Please note:  Judging criteria for special awards is different than for place awards.  A student can garner some of the top special awards without placing in their particular division and category.  


American Meteorological Society

The American Meteorological Society will offer two  Certificates of Outstanding Achievement to student exhibitors in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 ( unless in the judges' opinion, exhibits in those grades are less meritorious than junior division exhibits) at the 2013 Louisiana Region 5 Science & Engineering Fair.  For a team exhibit, each team member will receive a certificate.  The winning projects should represent ability and creativity in an atmospheric science exhibit.  Mr. Roger Erickson, Meteorologist at the NOAA Lake Charles Weather Bureau and member of the AMS,  has agreed to judge and present the awards.

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The ASM Materials Education Foundation

The ASM Materials Education  Foundation is pleased to provide one (1) award at the 2013 Louisiana Region 5 Science and Engineering Fair.  The award consists of a medallion and certificate recognizing the winner of the best materials engineering project as the fair.  The criteria by which the project will be judged is as follows:  1.  Use of materials-related concepts  2.  Demonstration of some aspect of the materials paradigm, i.e., structure - processing - properties - properties - performance relationships  3.  Clarity in presentation  4.  Clear understanding of the scientific method  5.  Aesthetics - layout of the project, neatness, etc.

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Association for Women Geoscientists

The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) is pleased to provide an Award Certificate to a female student whose project, in the opinion of the judge, exemplifies high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences.  Special consideration will be given to projects that increase public awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.  

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Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

Intel is proud to announce the continuation of the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award and of two hundred dollars.  Intel supports the ISEF because they recognize the importance of developing the talents of our most promising young minds.  In particular, the company hopes to encourage increased participation in computer science, one of today's fastest growing fields and an important source of innovation for the 21st century.  The winner of the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award will receive an Intel Certificate and $200 (The monetary award is mailed to the recipient of the award at a later date).  

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American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association  Education Directorate and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools are pleased to award one certificate recognizing outstanding research in psychology under the category of behavioral and social sciences.  The Regional Fair's awards committee is asked to judge entries using the following criteria: Literature Review, Hypothesis and Method, Results, and Discussion.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Public Health Service offers a special challenge for students to develop science projects in regional science fairs affiliated with the ISEF.  Award winning projects will creatively illustrate and expand upon the following statements from the Surgeon General in the most excellent and persuasive manner:  

Regular physical activity throughout life is important for maintaining a healthy body, enhancing psychological well being, and preventing premature death.  Healthy People 2010 recommends that:

  • Adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

  • Adolescents engage in 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity 3 or more days per week.

A healthy diet and regular physical activity are both important for maintaining a healthy weight.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that persons aged 2 years and older:

  • Choose a healthful assortment of foods that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk products, and fish, lean meat, poultry or beans.

  • Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and added sugars most of the time

  • Eat sensible portions of food.

Tobacco use is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases - all leading causes of death.

  • Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S.

  • Environmental tobacco smoke increases the risk of heart disease and significant lung conditions, especially asthma and bronchitis in children.

  • There is not safe tobacco alternative to cigarettes.  Spit tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, inflammation of the gums, and tooth loss.  Cigar smoking causes cancer of the mouth, throat, and lungs, and can increase the risk of heart disease and chronic lung problems. 

It is possible that one outstanding student project may be selected by the surgeon General and included in his national campaign.  This may include display of the student's project in the Secretary's Reception Room, Washington, D.C., and specific reference to the project results in the Surgeon General's public statements.  

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U.S. Metric Association

The U.S. Metric Association is providing one certificate to be presented to the student whose project involves significant amount of quantitative measurement and which best uses the SI metric system for those measurements.  Criteria includes:  Any project which involves measures and expresses those measures consistently and correctly in SI metric would be a good choice to win the metric award.  A project which uses a variety of metric units for different kinds of measures (such as force in newtons, pressure in kilopascals, energy in joules, power in watts, etc.) would be a better choice than one which uses only centimeters to measure lengths or liters for volumes.  

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Yale Science & Engineering Association

The Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc. (YSEA) wishes to provide one (1) award at each Regional Intel ISEF Competition.  It is intended that this recognition be awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.  A "Preliminary Certificate" will be presented at the fair.  A formal award certificate, suitable for framing, and a pewter medallion will be forwarded directly to the recipient sometime in July or August, 2005.  In addition, it is possible that the recipient will be contacted by a local Yale Club or Association and invited to an annual or special meeting for further recognition and publicity of his/her achievement.

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Water Environment Federation

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the most prestigious international youth award for a water science research project.  Its purpose is to increase students' interest in water-related issues and research, and to sensitize them - as future leaders - to global water challenges.  The competition  for the SWJP award is open to projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection or water and wastewater treatment.  The projects can apply these criteria, for example, by focusing on water environment problems or improving water management in schools, communities or water basins.  The SWJP welcomes contestants in theoretical and applied science as well as projects aimed at solving community water problems.  The projects may focus on local, regional, national, or global topics.  It is essential that all projects use a research oriented approach, which means that they should use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting the results, including statistical analyses.  More information on the prize can be found at the SWJP site.

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United States Army

The United States Army will offer awards for scientific / engineering excellence to student exhibitors in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 at the 2005 regional state fairs affiliated with the ISEF.  At the regional fairs, student winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement, and a tangible reward (i.e. day pack, calculator).  The selection and presentation of Army awards will be made in the following five categories:  Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences.  

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United States Navy / United States Marine Corps

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is pleased to announce the participation of the U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps and the Office of Naval Research in providing encouragement to our Nation's students, through recognition and rewards, for their exceptional work in science and engineering.  On behalf of the U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) administers the Naval High School Science Awards Program (NSAP).  The program serves as a means to stimulate and reward scientific achievement among eligible high school students by encouraging them to develop their interest in science and engineering and to pursue science or technical careers.  Depending on the number of exhibits in each fair, two to four students whose projects are considered to demonstrate excellence in science and engineering will be recognized as U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Distinguished Achievement winners.  These students will receive a certificate and prize.  No team projects are eligible and students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of selection.  In addition, NSAP winners who are freshman, sophomores or juniors are invited to apply to compete for generous undergraduate scholarships in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program.  

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The  Air Force Research Laboratory

Managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Air Force Science Fair Program offers a unique opportunity for the Air Force to support and encourage achievements of America's youth in science, math, and engineering.

The Science Fair Program has three goals:

  • To Demonstrate Air Force interest in youth to the community

  • To Recognize and encourage students who are conducting research in areas of interest to the Air Force

  • To acquaint students with Air Force career possibilities by providing Air Force visibility to potential future scientists and engineers. 

Each year the Air Force supports science and engineering fairs by participating in approximately 350 regional fairs in the United States and Puerto Rico in February, March, and April.  These fairs showcase the best projects of more than 1.5 million students competing at individual school and local levels.  The Air Force has been participating in regional fairs since 1994, and international fairs since 1965.  The Air Force Research Laboratory manages this program with extensive involvement of the Air Force Recruiting Service, local recruiters, and military and civilian volunteers. 

For additional information on the Air Force Science Fair Program, please contact afrl.science.fair@wpafb.af.mil.  

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NEED Award

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.  The NEED Project is proud to recognize several projects at the Louisiana Region 5 Science and Engineering Fair that meets these goals.

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Mu Alpha Theta

Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics club, wishes to provide one (1) award at each Regional Competition.  It is intended that this recognition be awarded to the individual or group project demonstrating the most challenging, through, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics.  This project does not necessarily have to be entered into the Mathematics category.  

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National Society of Professional Engineers

The National Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers in Industry is pleased to provide one (1) award at each Regional Competition.  The award consists of a certificate, a lapel pin, supporting material, and a one year subscription to Engineering Times.  It is given to recognize the most outstanding engineering project at each regional fair.  It is possible that the recipient will be contacted by an NSPE-affiliated local chapter and invited to an annual or special meeting for further recognition and an opportunity to network with professional engineers.  The criteria to be used is: Demonstrated technical competence, superior verbal and written presentation of project, professional appearance and demeanor, awareness of ethical implications of engineering preferred, and preference given to projects in the Engineering Category.(if a project  from another category is being considered, it MUST demonstrate APPLIED engineering principles.  

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Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

The Ricoh Corporation would like to provide a new regional science fair award available to all regional fairs affiliated with the Intel ISEF: The Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award.  This award goes to the one individual or team entry, selected from among all the general award categories whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses.  Winners of the regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award receive a one-year subscription to Science News Magazine.  Award recipients and their sponsoring teachers are each eligible to win a Ricoh digital camera in an international drawing.  More information on this new award can be found at the following link: http://www.ricoh-sustainability.com/  .  The Louisiana Region 5 Science and Engineering Fair would like to thank the Ricoh Corporation and Michael Sarasin, Director Corporate Quality Assurance Environmental Management Division Ricoh Corporation, for this new sponsored award.  

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would like to provide the students at your regional fair an opportunity to be recognized for their research emphasizing NOAA-related science.  NOAA's "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" Award will be available to all domestic regional and state fairs affiliated with the Intel ISEF.  The certificate will go to one individual (middle or high school) selected from amond all the general award categories whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and envoronmental needs.  

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Society For In Vitro Biology

The Society for In Vitro  Biology provides one award at each Regional/State Intel ISEF competition.  It is intended that this recognition be awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.  It is possible that the recipient will be contacted by the Society and invited to attend their annual meeting if they reside in the area where the meeting is held.  The website for the Society for In Vitro Biology is www.sivb.org 

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ISWEEEP, International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project Olympiad, is for secondary school students (grades 6 through 12) that have projects related to Energy, Engineering, and the Environment.  There are two divisions: Junior Division - grades 6 - 8 and Senior Division - 9 - 12.   A project can qualify for I-SWEEEP 2014 in three ways: 1. Direct Qualification from Regional, State, or National Science Fairs. A limited number of projects will directly qualify for I-SWEEEP 2014 from various organizations.  2. Recognition from Regional, State, or National Science Fairs.  Those projects will be nominated for I-SWEEEP 2014 by fair organizations.  I-SWEEEP's Scientific Review Committee will evaluate the projects and notify the students of their eligibility to paticipate in I-SWEEEP after factoring in the recognition from fair judges.  3. Individual Applications - Individual projects may also apply for I-SWEEEP 2014.  I-SWEEEP's Scientific Review Committee will evaluate the projects and notify the students of their eligibility to participate in I-SWEEEP   Please visit I-SWEEEP's website for more information. 


Listing of more Awards will be forthcoming.  Director Judy Reeves, St. Margaret School, is in charge of the Special Awards Committee.  If you, your business, or your organization would like to sponsor a special award please contact Judy Reeves .


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