Sigma Xi Presents Student Awards at 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

May 20, 2024


Each year, thousands of ninth through twelfth graders worldwide are selected to compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state, or national science fair affiliated with Society for Science. The 2024 event featured over 2,000 young scientists representing 49 states and 70 countries. More than $9 million was awarded in the form of cash awards and scholarships.

Sigma Xi continued its support for these students as a Special Awards Organization during the 2024 event, by judging team projects in life sciences and physical sciences. The seven judges evaluated 260 team projects to award the best demonstrations of team science, reflecting Sigma Xi's culture of fostering collaboration among researchers from multiple disciplines.

Congratulations to the following 2024 award winners:

First Life Science Award of $1,200

"Identifying New Sponge Species From Qatar Marine Environment Using Molecular Techniques"
Alanood Ali Aljalahma—Qatar Technical School For Girls, Doha, Qatar
Fajer Saif Albloshi—Qatar Technical School For Girls, Doha, Umm Qarn, Qatar

Second Life Science Award of $800

"Reducing Carbon Footprint and Producing Biofuel From Waste Degradation and Conversion by Black Solider Fly"
Naphudon Sriratana—Bangkok Christian College, Bangkok, Thailand
Paponphat Viroonvaiwut—Bangkok Christian College, Bangkok, Thailand

First Physical Science Award of $1,200

"Enhancing Tea-Waste Based Biopolymer Nanocomposite Performance Through a Biomimetic Cuticular Hydrocarbon Coating: A Sustainable Packaging Alternative"
Amal Fayad—Arizona College Prep High School, Gilbert, AZ
Siyaa Poddar—Arizona College Prep High School, Chandler, AZ

Second Physical Science Award of $800

"Eco-Friendly Fabric: Use of Algae and Seagrass in Paper Production"
Martin A. I. Stella Nieves—Colegio Bautista de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Patrick Noah Pena—Colegio Bautista de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

First Award Behavioral and Social Science Award of $1,200

"The RIGHT Model: A Novel Personal Development Tool for Adolescents"
Jia Hui Keng—Heng Ee High School, Penang, Georgetown, Malaysia
Sher Meng Neoh—Heng Ee High School, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
Wan Yunn Ng—Heng Ee High School, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Second Behavioral and Social Science Award of $800

"A Sensor-Integrated Wearable Device for Support During Autism Spectrum Disorder Meltdowns by Applying the Deep Pressure Stimulation"
Dana Mazen Al-Momani—Jubilee School, Amman, Jordan
Layan Atef Al-Shobaki—Jubilee School, Amman, Jordan


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