Spotlight on ISEF 2021 Student Researchers from NC

ISEF Logo OnNebula2021 brought many firsts to students in North Carolina, including the first ever virtual NC Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF), followed by a fully virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). 

The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation is proud to have promoted 13 student researchers to share their 12 projects in the competition.  In addition to the students promoted through NCSEF, region 3a, 3b, and 6 were also able to promote 1, 3, and 2 students respectively.  NC Student researchers brought home a record number of awards from ISEF.  The Foundation recently caught up with several of these student researchers and captured the story of their journey to share.

 

 

Nicholas Boyer
Project: The Computational and Experimental Study of Cellulose in Ionic Liquids and Water for Finding an Optimal Solvent for Biofuel Production 

Isha Narang
Project: Using Automated Infant Posture Recognition to Reduce SIDS Risk

 

Paarth Tara
Project: CoMET: A Novel Graph-based Machine Learning System for Predicting Topological Features of Dynamic Covert Networks with Applications in Counterterrorism

Lisa P. Zhang
Project: Rare-Earth-Free Silicon Based Organic Molecules for Solid-State Lighting Applications

 

Ella Yoder
Project: Seeing in a new light: adaptive changes in opsin proteins in Antarctic icefishs 

Angela Chen
Project: Assessing and Predicting Wildfire Severity in California based on Relationships between Wildfires and Drought Using Machine Learning

 

Regan Williams
Project: Tropicalization of temperate ecosystems: how climate change can influence coastal health and resilience

Lauren G. Zuravel & Kaitlyn Lee Zuravel
Project: Designing a Bioplastic Material to Replace Polystyrene and Polypropylene in Single-Use Hard Plastics

 

Connor Mitchell 
Project: ARTHETA-0: An Innovative, Affordable Approach to the Onsite, Rapid 3D Printing of Artery Stents, Parameterized to Fit Individual Patients’ Needs

Daniel Shen 
Project: Development of an AI-Powered Powered Facial-cue Control Module

 

Prabuddha Dastidar 
Project: ARTHETA-0: An Innovative, Affordable Approach to the Onsite, Rapid 3D Printing of Artery Stents, Parameterized to Fit Individual Patients’ Needs

Mason Sufnarski
Project: Rethinking Our Roads: The Ability of Porous Concrete to Reduce Surface Runoff of Tire Wear Particles (TWP)