2009 Special Awards


Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair Association

Over 250 Special Awards are available!  Special Awards are sponsored by corporations, professional organizations, and individuals. Each organization sets the criteria for the awards they offer. 

 

Many thanks to all the organizations and judges who contribute time and money to make these awards possible.  Contact specialawards@science-fair.org for more information.

 

Organization

--Criteria

Qualifying

Grade

Category

Teams

Awards

Al Foster Award

--Most creative project in 6th grade

6

All

No

·  $50 each to winner and winner’s school

American Association for
 Laboratory Animal Science,  Northern California branch

--Best Animal Science investigation

6-12

Zoology

 No

·    1st Place:  $150

·    2nd Place:  $125

·  3rd Place:  $100

American Chemical Society, Santa Clara Valley Section

--Excellent projects in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, or environmental sciences

6-12

Chemistry,

Biochemistry/ Microbiology

Environmental

Sciences

 

Yes

·   1st Place:  $500

·    2nd Place:  $200

·   3rd Place:  $100

American Metrological Society

--Best demonstration and investigation of weather phenomenon

6-12

Physical Sciences

Yes

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  Certificates of Achievement

American Psychological  Association

--Outstanding research in psychology

6-12

Behavioral/Social Sciences

No

·  Certificate of Merit

 

American Society of Civil Engineers

--

6-12

All

 

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  1st Place: $100 Cash and $50 cash to teacher

·  2nd Place: $50 Cash

·  3rd Place: $25 Cash

·  Certificates of Achievement

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers--

6-12

Physical Sciences

Yes

·  1st Place:  $100

·  2nd Place:  $75

·  3rd Place:  $50

American Society for Microbiology, Northern California Branch

--Best microbiology project

6-12

Biochemistry & Microbiology

No

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  Microbiology book

American Vacuum Society (AVS), Northern California Chapter

--Outstanding research projects with special consideration for projects related to vacuum technology

6-12

Physical Sciences

 

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·   1st Place: $100 Cash each to student and school

·  2nd Place: $50 Cash each to student and school

·  3rd Place: $25 Cash each to student and school


 

ASM International, A Society for Materials

--Superior use of metals and materials

 

6-12

Physical Sciences

Yes

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  1st Place:  $100 and Medallion

·  2nd Place:  $75

·   3rd Place:  $50

·   Magazine Subscriptions, jeweler’s loops, and certificates of achievement for all winners

Association of Women Geoscientists, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

--Best project exemplifying innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences by a female student

6-12

Environmental Science,

Earth & Space Sciences

No

·  Certificate of Excellence and Special Gift

Association of Women in Science

--Outstanding chemistry and physics projects by female students

9-12

Chemistry

Physics

 No

2 sets awarded

·  $100 Cash, female scientist book, and Certificate of Merit

California Society for Biomedical Research –Ron Orta Excellence in Biomedical Research Award

  --Best use of biomedical models to improve the health or quality of life in humans and animals utilizing IACUC procedures and protocols

9-12

Zoology

Yes

2 sets awarded

·  $500 savings bond and plaque

·  $50 gift certificate to teacher/sponsor

California Association of Professional Scientists

--Best use of the scientific method in a science fair project

7-11

ALL

No

·  Inscribed plaque and $100 cash

California Water Environment Association

--High quality projects focusing on water, wastewater, and overall environmental awareness

6-12

ALL

Yes

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·   1st Place: $100

·  2nd Place: $75

·   3rd Place: $50

Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center

--Outstanding project demonstrating ecological awareness

6-8

 Ecology

No

Gardening book

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

  -Top 10% of middle school projects

6-8

ALL

Yes

Certificate and admission as quarterfinalists in further competition upon registration and video entry

Fair Manager’s Graphic Design Award

--Best graphic presentation of ideas, work, and discoveries

6-12

ALL

Yes

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  $100 Cash Award

Genencor International

--Outstanding biotechnology projects

11-12

Biological Sciences

Yes

·  $200 cash to best 11th grade individual project

·  $200 cash to best 12th grade individual project

·  $400 cash to best 11th or 12th grade team project

Hegland Award

--Best physical science projects

 

6-12

Physical Sciences

No

2 awards:

· $50

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

6-12

Engineering

Physical Science

No

· Gr 9-12:4 awards, 1 per grade: HP Photosmart B8550 inkjet printer

·  Gr 6-8:3 awards, 1 per grade: HP35 scientific calculator

 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

--Best use of electrical and electronic components

6-12

Physics

Engineering

 

No

· $50 Cash and Certificate of Merit for best Electro-technology project (Grades 6-8)

· $50 Cash and Certificate of Merit for best Electro-technology project (Grades 9-12)

· $50 Cash and Certificate of Merit for best Interdisciplinary project (Grades 6-12)

· $50 Cash and Certificate of Merit for excellence in project presentation
(Grades 6-8)

· $50 Cash and Certificate of Merit for best illustration of a physical or chemical effect
(Grades 9-12)

 Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

--Best computer science project

9-12

Computers & Mathematics

Yes

·$200 Cash award and Certificate of Excellence

Intel Corporation Promising Young Scientist Award

--Excellent scientific research projects

 

Students interested in competing for this award must apply to COSMOS for the 2008 program. For more information go to www.ucop.edu/cosmos

 

9-10, apply to COSMOS

All

No

  2 awards for:

·A full scholarship to COSMOS in the summer of 2009.

·An on-going mentoring relationship with a COSMOS faculty member or Teacher Fellow.

·A full travel stipend to attend the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a student observer. 

Labcoat Award

--Project best demonstrating lab bench finesse

6-8

ALL

No

·One Labcoat

The MedImmune Advancing Science for Better Health Award

--Best individual project with biological relevance to the causes, treatment and prevention of human disease

11-12

Biochemistry,

Environmental Sciences (Life),

Medicine and Health,

Microbiology,

Gerontology

No

$100 cash prize and a six week paid summer internship at MedImmune  

Monterey Bay Aquarium

--Outstanding project involving oceanic or aquatic preservation/conservation

6-8

 

Biological Sciences

No

·Multi-volume book set

Morgan Lewis Most Innovative Award

--Award criteria include, but are not limited to, the originality and ingenuity demonstrated in devising and presenting a practical solution to satisfy a scientific or technological need.

9-12

All

Yes

·1 - $1,000 Grand Prize

·5 - $100 Honorable Mentions

 

Mu Alpha Theta

--Most challenging and creative project involving mathematics

6-12

All

Yes

· Certificate of Honor

NASA Ames Research Center

--Well-presented projects demonstrating originality and use of the scientific method.

6-12

ALL

Yes

10 Awards:

· VIP tour of NASA Ames Research Center and Certificate of Outstanding Achievement

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

--Best project whose research emphasizes NOAA’s mission to explain and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, conserve and manage coastal and marine resources

7-12

All

No

· Medallion and certificate of merit

National Society of Professional Engineers

--Most innovative engineering project

7-12

Engineering

No

· Magazine subscription, lapel pin, and certificate

Northern California Institute of Food Technologists (NCIFT)

--Best demonstration of scientific excellence in Food Science including an hypothesis, experimentation, and analysis.

9-12

All

Yes

· 1st Place:  $100

· 2nd Place:  $50

 

Product Safety Engineering Society

--Project demonstrating safe use of materials and equipment

6-12

ALL

Yes

· 1st Place:  $100

· 2nd Place:  $50

· 3rd Place:  $25

· Honorable Mention Certificates

Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA)

--Project that demonstrates excellence in Engineering

9-12

ALL

No

·$50

Promethium Chapter of Iota Sigma Pi

--Female student with best project in Chemistry

6-12

Chemistry

No

·Book and Certificate of Merit

RAE Systems

--Outstanding project in atmospheric chemistry or sensor technology

6-12

Chemistry

 

Yes

Grades 6-8:

·1st Place:  $100

·2nd Place:  $75

·3rd Place:  $50

Grades 9-12:

·1st Place:  $150

·2nd Place:  $100

·3rd Place:  $75

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

--Projects that demonstrate the principles and technical innovations that offer the greatest potential for sustainable development.

6-12

All

Yes

· Certificate of Achievement

SAMPE

   --Best projects in the field of materials science

6-12

Physical Sciences

Yes

2 sets awarded, grades 6-8 and 9-12:

·  1st Place:  $100

·  2nd Place:  $75

·   3rd Place:  $50

·  Honorable Mention Certificates

·  Magazine Subscriptions for all winners

Santa Clara Co. Integrated Waste Management Program

-- Best 2 projects in composting, recycling, or waste reduction

9-12

Environmental Science

Yes

·  Certificate of Achievement

San Jose State University, College of Engineering

--Projects demonstrating scientific excellence

11-12

All

No

·4 $1000 scholarships

·6 $500 scholarships


 

San Jose State University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

--Outstanding project demonstrating creativity and  insightful questioning

 

 10-12

 Chemistry

 Yes

3 awards:

·  $50

Santa Clara County Biotech Education Partnership (SCCBEP)

--Best high school biotech project

9-12

Chemistry

Biology

Engineering

Yes

·  1st Place:$100 award, Certificate of Achievement, and gift bag for individual and team

·  2nd Place: Certificate of Achievement, and gift bag

Schonert Award

--Best project in Environmental Science or Marine Biology

6-12

Biological Sciences

Yes

·   $100 Cash Award and Certificate of Excellence

Scientific American

--Projects showing initiative and creativity

9-12

ALL

No

6 awards:

·  Subscription for Scientific American magazine

Society for In Vitro Biology

  --Best project in plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture

11

Biological Sciences

No

·  Certificate of Excellence

Society of Women Engineers

--Best engineering and computer   science projects

6-12

Engineering, Computer Science

Yes

Grades 9-12, three awards, Individual projects ONLY:

·  Book:"Changing Our World:True Stories of Women Engineers," padfolio, and Certificates of Achievement

Gr 6-8, 3 team awards:

·  2" Spinning Lamp  gold medals, SWE journal, and   Certificates of Achievement

 

 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

--Outstanding project related to water quality, protection, water resource management, wastewater treatment

 

9-12

ALL

No

·  Poster, Certificate of Merit, and opportunity for further competition

Suntrek Solar

--Environmental science projects

6-12

Environmental Science

Yes

50 awards:

·  T-shirts

Tech Museum of Innovation

--Outstanding middle school projects

6-8

ALL

Yes

· Three family memberships
to the Tech Museum

The Tech Summer Camps

--Most creative solution to science or engineering problem

6-7

ALL

No

· One week camp session at The Tech Museum

Trimble Navigation Ltd.

--Best geographic content and creativity

7-12

ALL

No

3 sets awarded, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, and Gr 11-12 :

 $100 Cash each to student and school

United States Air Force

--Outstanding science or engineering fair projects.

6-12

ALL

Yes

 4 awards:

· Wifi spot finder, USB drive, USAF Pen & Pencil set, messenger bag, and Certificate of Achievement


 

United States Army

--Best application of scientific method

 

9-12

ALL

Yes

·   1st place:  Bronze Medallion, Army Polo Shirt, and Certificate of Merit

·          2nd place, 2 awards:

·   Army Polo Shirt and Certificate of Merit

·   Honorable Mention Certificates


 

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 4-9, 11NR

--Best project in marine science and/or pollution prevention

 

6-12

Environmental Science

No

·  1st place: $50, voucher for course materials to attend safe boating course, and Certificate of Achievement

·  Honorable Mention: voucher for course materials to attend safe boating course, and Certificate of Achievement

United States Public Health Service

--Project that best illustrates the importance of physical fitness, healthy diet, and is anti-tobacco use

6-12

ALL

Yes

·   Certificate of Achievement

United States Metric Association

--Projects that best use SI metric system consistently for measuring and reporting results

9-12

ALL

Yes

·    1st Place:  $40 cash and Certificate of Achievement

·  2nd Place:  $30 cash and Certificate of Achievement

United States Navy and Marine Corps

-- Outstanding science or engineering
fair projects.

6-12

ALL

No

6 awards, Grades 9-12:

·   $50 Gift Certificate, medallion, and Naval Science Award Certificate

7 awards, Grades 6-8:

·  Medallion and Naval Science Award Certificate

Varian Medical Systems

9-12

All

No

3 awards:

·  $75


 

 

Walter C. Benzing Science Award

--Projects that best demonstrate the principles of scientific investigation and experimental procedure

9-12

Physical Sciences

No

·  1st Place: $100 cash, Plaque, and CRC Handbook

·  2nd Place, 2 awards: $75 cash and Certificate of Excellence

·  Honorable Mention, 2 awards: $25 Cash and Certificate of Excellence

 

Whizkids Foundation Outstanding Young Scientist Awards

----Projects that demonstrate best physical science, best biological science, best technology, and best engineering

 

6-8

All

No

4 awards:

·  $250 and certificate of merit

Yale Science and Engineering Association

--Most outstanding project in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry

11

Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry

No

·  Pewter Medallion and Certificate of Honor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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