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Special Awards

Rucha Joshi, Sophomore at Westwood High School RRISD, category: Systems Software, won three awards

  • All expense paid trip to tour CERN - CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter and the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of nature.
  • NSA Research Directorate Award, 2nd place, $1,000 - The National Security Agency's Research Directorate brings the power of science to secure the future by creating breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These discoveries and advancements help provide the tools and technologies used globally to safeguard cyberspace. The Research Directorate Science of Security Initiative promotes the academic maturation of cybersecurity principles on sound scientific roots for future scientists and researchers in order to provide trust in information systems.
  • Oracle Academy Award, $5,000 - Oracle Academy, is the flagship program under Oracle’s corporate social responsibility education pillar. Its mission is to advance computer science education and make it accessible to students globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. In 2013, Oracle Academy supported more than 2.5 million secondary and post-secondary students globally, providing software, curriculum, professional development, and other resources with an in-kind grant value of more than US $2.7 billion.

Grand Awards

Fourth Place Award of $500
Saket Myneni, 16, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas, Microbiology
Project title: Novel Approach to Antibiotics and Antifungals: Testing the Effectiveness of Azadirachta indica Extracts

Third Place Award of $1,000
Rucha Joshi, 16, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas
Project title: Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity

Second Award of $1,500
Sai Sameer Pusapaty, 17, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas, Environmental Engineering
Project Title: Effective Remediation of Air Pollution through an Algal System Integrated with Carbon Mineralization Technology: Phase II - Enhancing the Biohydrogen Production using Flue Gas Derived Bicarbonate and Nutrient Limitation Methods

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