Congratulations to the NOAA award winners at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

NOAA’s ‘Taking the Pulse of the Planet’ Award recognizes excellence in ocean and atmospheric science

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair was held last week in Phoenix, Arizona. High school students from across the globe showcased their independent research projects and competed for awards. NOAA honored six outstanding projects with the ‘Taking the Pulse of the Planet’ Award.

On May 16, 2019, NOAA Education Outreach Specialist, Bekkah Lampe (center), presented the Taking the Pulse of the Planet awards to seven students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
On May 16, 2019, NOAA Education Outreach Specialist, Bekkah Lampe (center), presented the Taking the Pulse of the Planet awards to seven students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. (Society for Science and the Public)

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair offsite link (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public offsite link, is the largest international pre-college science competition in the world. Founded in 1950 as the National Science Fair, ISEF has grown — this year there were 1,842 student finalists from 80 countries. 

As a Special Award Organization, NOAA presents the ‘Taking the Pulse of the Planet’ Awards, which recognize outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences from students in the United States. This is the 14th year that NOAA has offered these competitive awards. This year’s winners are:
 
First Awards ($1,500 cash award)

  • Angelina Guerra: Novel unmanned environmental DNA collection technique
  • Annalisa Minke: Investigating how water vapor emission impacts the temperature of the troposphere

Second Awards ($500 cash award)

  • Mark Leone: Mitigation of Florida red tide (Karena brevis) blooms through flocculation with enhanced local sediments
  • Melanie Quan: Algal bioplastics: Developing a sustainable cycle of compostable and water-soluble plastics by repurposing waste
  • Robert Strauss: Tsunami forecasting and risk analysis
  • Uma Volety & Elizabeth Kinsey: The bioaccumulation, toxicity, and electrical discharge plasma-treatment of the emerging perfluorinated contaminant, GenX

In addition to special awards offsite link, students competed for grand awards offsite link, including Best of Category, from Intel ISEF. Congratulations to the NOAA award winners and all of the finalists at the 2019 Intel ISEF!