Students Receive Sigma Xi’s Awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

May 17, 2019

2019 Intel ISEF Judges from Sigma XiThe Sigma Xi judging team at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  

Approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, or territories qualified to showcase their independent research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) on May 12–17 in Phoenix, Arizona. They qualified by winning at a local or school-sponsored science fair. 

On May 16, the Society for Science & the Public, which runs Intel ISEF, announced the winners of the Special Organization Awards. These awards are distributed by corporate, government, and educational organizations along with honor societies, which provide approximately $5 million in awards, scientific trips, internships, and scholarships. 

Sigma Xi provides $6,000 in special awards for life science and physical science projects that best demonstrate interdisciplinary research, to reflect the Society’s culture of bringing researchers from different backgrounds together. The award winners, as well as Sigma Xi's honorable mentions, receive a nomination to associate membership in Sigma Xi with the first year of dues paid and an invitation to submit a manuscript to Sigma Xi's referred journal for high school research, Chronicle of The New Researcher

A group of Sigma Xi members volunteer each year to evaluate more than 300 presentations to select the award winners.

Eman Ghanem, Sigma Xi's director of Membership, Chapters, and Programs, presented a session about the opportunity for high school students to publish their research in Chronicle of The New Researcher. She also led a session for students about research ethics. 


Sigma Xi thanks the following Sigma Xi members who volunteered as judges to select the winners of the Society's 2019 awards at Intel ISEF. Janelle Simmons, Sigma Xi's manager of programs, coordinated the judging process. 

Alfred Cocanower, retired air traffic consultant
Eman Ghanem, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
Beatrice Krauss, University of Arizona
Priyanka Kushwaha, University of Arizona
Linda Mantel, Portland State University
Michael Quinlan, Midwestern University
Robert Sanford, Northern Arizona University
Vishal Shah, West Chester University
Malgorzata Wilk-Blaszcza, University of Texas- Arlington

2019 Sigma Xi Special Award Winners

Life Science Awards

First Place: $2,000

ENBM037T — Design of a Forearm Cumulative-Trauma-Disorder Risk Detector Using EMG Sensor Data Sent through an Arduino to a Mobile Application via Bluetooth

Dania Maraliz Villafuerte Gonzalez, Colegio Mater Salvatoris, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Larissa Raquel Cortes-Morales, Colegio Mater Salvatoris, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Second Place: $1,000

PLNT056T — Environmental Friendly Seedling Nursery Balls from Cow Dung

Sutthida Iamsaard, Phanomsarakham "Phanom Adun Witthaya" School, Phanom Sarakham, Chachoengsao, Thailand

Thirakarn Wannakarn, Phanomsarakham "Phanom Adun Witthaya" School, Phanom Sarakham, Tha Than Sub-district, Chachoengsao, Thailand

Honorable Mention

ANIM012T — Aliens Invade Hong Kong: First Record of the New Guinea Flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) as an Invasive Species in Hong Kong, China

Elysia Ruo Yan Ye, Chinese International School, Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Muhua Yang, St. Joseph's College, Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Physical Science Awards

First Place: $2,000

ENEV082T — A Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Garyk Jandl Brixi, Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, MD, United States of America

Lillian Kay Petersen, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM, United States of America

Second Place: $1,000

EAEV022T — Potential Identification and Application of the Rhizophora apiculata and Sonneratia alba as a Bio Antifouling Agent for Antifoulant Paints

Carolline Mathilda Nggebu, Denpasar 3rd State Senior High School, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Wiratathya Putramas I Made, Denpasar 3rd State Senior High School, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Honorable Mention

MATS019T — Alternative Tessellation and Inner Cone Design for Helmets

Yunha Ham, Peachtree Ridge High School, Lawrenceville, GA, United States of America

Yunseo Ham, Peachtree Ridge High School, Lawrenceville, GA, United States of America

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety