Special Awards List

Extra Prizes to be Awarded

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GARSEF at State

Junior Division Winners

  • Best of State Life Sciences
  • 2 Best of State Life Sciences Honorable Mentions
  • Seven 1st Places
  • Three 2nd Places
  • One 3rd Place
  • One Special Award

Senior Award Winners

  • One ISEF Finalist
  • Best of State Physical Science
  • Two 1st Place
  • One 3rd Place
  • One Special Award



Nine students with eight projects participated in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, TX May 14-19. ISEF was attended by 1,638 students with 1,316 projects from 64 countries, territories and provinces, including the US. Roughly 25% of all students receive an award.
ISEF Event Photos
  • Tiernan Lindauer
  • Vista Ridge HS, Leander ISD
  • Robotics
  • REPNET: A Reproductive Training Architecture for Reinforcement Learning Neural Networks
  • Aaron George
  • St. Dominic Savio Catholic HS, Private
  • BioMedical Health Sciences and Engineering
  • In Silico Accelerated Drug Discovery and Development Utilizing Human Physiological Modeling and Simulation
  • Awarded: Patent and Trademark Office Society, Award from the Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Rajvi Babaria & Halley Compuesto
  • Vista Ridge HS, Leander ISD
  • Biochemistry
  • A Novel Approach to Treating Parkinson's Disease with Amino and N-methylated Amino Acids to Alleviate LRRK2 Gene Mutation Symptoms in C. elegans
  • Awarded: Second Place Biochemistry
  • Amna Siddiqui
  • Austin Peace Academy, Private
  • Translational Medical Sciences
  • Cross-Application of Oxidative Stress Conceptualizations to Inflammatory Microglia's Role in Neurological Diseases For Candidate Drug Discovery
  • Shaunak Pandey
  • Vandegrift HS, Leander ISD
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Pore-Scale Simulation of CO2 Migration in Rough-Walled Geologic Fractures through Volume of Fluid Method leveraging High-Performance Computing for Risk Assessment of Carbon Sequestration
  • Caitlin Garrett
  • Vandegrift HS, Leander ISD
  • Mathematics
  • Improving Contemporary Mathematical Models of Metastatic Cancer To Predict Optimal Treatment: Analyzing Glycolysis, Treatment, and PACC Quiescence
  • Amisha Sao
  • Round Rock HS, Round Rock ISD
  • Embedded Systems
  • RoboSense
  • Awarded: $20,000 scholarship from the University of Texas at Dallas, 4th in Embedded Systems
  • Grace Huh
  • Westwood HS, Round Rock ISD
  • Materials Science
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Utilizing Metal Hydroxides and Biochar

Thermo Fisher

Junior Innovators Challenge

  • Abhay Tippimath
  • Pearson Ranch Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • Materials Science
  • The Impacts of Microwave Cooking Relative to Conventional Methods on Protein
  • Aariz Karim-Ali
  • Austin Peace Academy, Private
  • Plant Sciences
  • Soil Fever — A Scientific Analysis of the Effects of Polypropylene, Biodegradable Plastic and Bisphenol A on Plants
  • Vraj Ankur Patel
  • Pearson Ranch Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • BioMedical Health Sciences and Engineering
  • Cheap Water Filter