ASA Prizes Awarded at 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The American Statistical Association recently award prizes to grade 9-12 students from the U.S. and Canada for best use of statistics in a project. The presentations were made as part of the Special Awards Ceremony of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) recently presented awards and honorable mentions to students at the Special Awards Ceremony of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition with more than 1,200 entries from 65 countries, all of which were winners of various local and regional science fairs.

The ASA Council of Chapters annually offers a prize for the best use of statistics in a project, which may be purely statistical or may involve the intelligent use of statistical analyses or techniques in a subject-matter project. ASA is one of nearly 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations participating in the Special Awards program. All winners are in grades 9-12. The 2012 fair was held May 13-18 in Pittsburgh and winners were selected by members of the ASA’s Pittsburgh Chapter, who judged the projects.

First-, second- and third-place winners

  • The first-place award of $1,500 was presented to Shreya Mathur, Oxford High School, Oxford, Mississippi, for her project, “Developing a Novel Test to Detect Cancer Genes from Microarray Data.”
  • Henry Wanjune Lin, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, won the $500 second prize for “A Generalized Holographic Model of Cosmic Accelerated Expansion.”
  • Third prize of $250 went to Nicholas Benjamin Schiefer, Holy Trinity School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, for his project, “Apodora: Markov Chain-Inspired Microsearch.”

Honorable mention certificates were presented to Mingsha Zhou, Marianopolis College, Westmount, Quebec, Canada, for “Rapid Evolution of Brown Trout in the Kerguelen Islands;” Travis Coleman Sigafoos, Champlin Park High School, Champlin, Minnesota, for “A Spectrum of Triangulation: ADHD, Circadian Rhythmicity, and Bipolar Symptoms;” Emily Katherine Hu, Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts, for “The Effects of Mindful Decision Making on Post Decision Regret;” and Madison Ann Chakoumakos and Zibo Zhuang, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for “Characterizing the Elements of EarthÆs Radiative Budget: Applying Uncertainty Quantification to Climate Models.”

In addition to the cash awards and certificates, all students received one-year subscriptions to Significance and Chance magazines. Their teachers also will receive a one-year K-12 teacher membership in the American Statistical Association.

On the first day of reviews, the team of ASA judges selected about 70 projects that displayed detailed results of statistical analysis, and from this group, chose 14 entries for the final interview round the next day. After conducting interviews with the finalists in the morning, the judges selected the three winners and five honorable mentions.

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at or call 703.684.1221.

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