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International Science and Engineering Fair Winners

May 2022

Winners were announced in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Regeneron ISEF 2022 by winning a top prize at a regional, state, or national science fair.

Each year, more than 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for an average $4 million in prizes.

This year, Plano ISD had nine projects advanced to the international competition by the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TxSEF). Six projects captured category grand awards - one 4th place award, four 2nd place awards, and one first place award. Additionally, five projects received six special awards. Altogether, Plano ISD students received more than $20,000 in prize money.

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2022 Grand Awards

First Award of $5,000

Microbiology

Combating Bacterial Biofilm III: Computational Analysis of the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Microbiome and Development of a Non-toxic Quorum Quenching Cocktail Therapy to Inhibit Multispecies Biofilm Proliferation

  • Shriya Bhat, Plano East Senior High

Second Award of $2,000

Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Uptake of Methylmercury with L-Cysteine by C. elegans

  • Zehra Jaffery, Jasper High School

 

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Tackling Tau: Experimental Characterization of Inhibitors of the MSUT-2 Protein for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Year 2)

  • Rithvik Ganesh, Plano West Senior High

 

Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design

Redesigning Surface Conduction Manifolds to Improve the Efficiency and Reliability of Solar Panels

  • Otto Beall, Plano East Senior High

 

Systems Software

A Home Automation System for Neuromuscular Disorder Patients using Brain Computer Interface

  • Navya Ramakrishnan, Plano Senior High School

 

Fourth Award of $500

Plant Sciences

Rhizoremediation: A Computational Analysis of the Rhizosphere Metagenome and a Wet Lab Approach to Derive an Optimal Strategy for Heavy Metal Remediation In-Situ

  • Prisha Bhat, Plano East Senior High

 

Special Awards

Air Force Research Laboratory

The United States Air Force is dedicated to science and technology, focusing on innovative and creative projects with sustainability. The USAF selects projects that are directly aligned with their mission.

First Award of $750 - Combating Bacterial Biofilm III: Computational Analysis of the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Microbiome and Development of a Non-toxic Quorum Quenching Cocktail Therapy to Inhibit Multispecies Biofilm Proliferation

  • Shriya Bhat, Plano East Senior High

 

Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is committed to inspiring and supporting the growth and development of students across the nation in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

First Award of $1000 - A Home Automation System for Neuromuscular Disorder Patients using Brain Computer Interface

  • Navya Ramakrishnan, Plano Senior High School

 

IEEE Foundation

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. These awards honor projects in engineering, computer science, or other related IEEE fields. 

Second Award of $600 - A Home Automation System for Neuromuscular Disorder Patients using Brain Computer Interface

  • Navya Ramakrishnan, Plano Senior High School

 

King Abdulaziz & his Companions' Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity 

King Abdulaziz and His Companions' Foundations For Giftedness and Creativity enable an inspiring environment to strengthen the passion for science and knowledge in order to build future leaders.

Full scholarship award from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a $400 cash prize - Redesigning Surface Conduction Manifolds to Improve the Efficiency and Reliability of Solar Panels

  • Otto Beall, Plano East Senior High

 

National Security Agency Research Directorate

The National Security Agency’s Research Directorate recognizes exceptional research that demonstrates world-class skills in mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, and neuroscience.

3rd Place Mathematics Award of $700 - Fast and Furious: Designing an Ultra-Efficient Hybrid Matrix Multiplication Algorithm

  • Meryl Zhang, Clark High School

1st Place Principles of Security and Privacy - Adaptive Learning: Evolving Explainable Predictions

  • Harshal Bharatia, Plano Senior High School



Harshal Bharatia (PSHS), Rithvik Ganesh (PWSH), Otto Beall (PESH), Shriya Bhat (PESH), Prosha Bhat (PESH), Zehra Jaffery (Jasper HS), Meryl Zhang (Clark HS), Katherine Lee (Jasper HS), and Navya Ramakrishnan (PSHS)