2012 State Science Fair Results

Santa Clara Valley Science

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CSSF Project of the Year Award

$2,500 in the Junior Division

Junior Division: J0936, Maya Varma

Grade 8, Lawson Middle School, Cupertino

StudentGradeSchoolCityPlace AwardCategory
Ambati, Vardhaan7Stratford Middle SchoolSan JoseHMChemistry
Ambatipudi, Mythri6Stratford Middle SchoolSan Jose2Pharmacology/ Toxicology
Bhetanabhotla, Sneha S.7Harker (The) SchoolSan Jose2Alternative Energy
Dennig, Paul A., Jr.8Blach (Georgina P.) Intermediate SchoolLos Altos4Electronics & Electromagnetics
Dholakia, Shashank7Peterson (Marion A.) Middle SchoolSunnyvale1Physics & Astronomy
Dholakia, Shishir7Peterson (Marion A.) Middle SchoolSunnyvale1Physics & Astronomy
Filseth, Trevor J.8Jordan (David Starr) Middle SchoolPalo Alto1Aerodynamics/ Hydrodynamics
Hand, Michael L.7English (C.T.) Middle SchoolLos Gatos2Physics & Astronomy
Jackson, Holly M.6Old Orchard SchoolCampbellHMPhysics & Astronomy
Kahn-Samuelson, Shira J.8Yavneh Day SchoolLos Gatos4Behavioral & Social Sciences
Karthik, Anjini8Challenger SchoolSunnyvale2Chemistry
Kosaraju, Vineet S.8Harker (The) School. Mentored at Schmahl Science WorkshopSan Jose3Microbiology (General)
Masood, Zahra B. 7Granada Islamic SchoolSanta ClaraHMEnvironmental Engineering
Miklos, Maya D.8Stanford (Jane Lathrop) Middle SchoolPalo Alto1Environmental Science
Nelakanti, Rajiv6Cupertino Middle SchoolSunnyvaleHMEnvironmental Engineering
Noh, Ken8Terman Middle SchoolPalo Alto4Mathematics & Software
Sancheti, Rajiv8Harker (The) School. Mentored at Schmahl Science WorkshopSan Jose4Microbiology (General)
Sankar, Venkat N.7Harker (The) SchoolSan Jose2Plant Biology
Sawant, Nilay7Kennedy Middle SchoolCupertinoHMAerodynamics/ Hydrodynamics
Sayana, Anin8

Challenger School. Mentored at Schmahl Science Workshop

Sunnyvale1Pharmacology/ Toxicology
Seshadri, Anish7Stratford Middle SchoolSan Jose3Electronics & Electromagnetics
Shen, Andrew7Terman Middle SchoolPalo AltoHMCognitive Science
Singhal, Arpita8Challenger SchoolSunnyvale1Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology
Tanaka, Kentaro8Magnolia Science Academy of Santa ClaraSunnyvale3Physics & Astronomy
Tanaka, Yuji N.6Magnolia Science Academy of Santa ClaraSunnyvale3Physics & Astronomy
Thompson, Charlotte6Buscher Middle SchoolSanta ClaraHMApplied Mechanics & Structures
Varma, Maya8Lawson (Sam H.) Middle SchoolCupertino1Electronics & Electromagnetics
Vu, Alexander B.6Canyon Heights AcademyCampbell1Earth & Planetary Sciences
StudentGradeSchoolCityPlace AwardCategory
Adiseshan, Athman11Ramana AcademySan JoseHMBehavioral & Social Sciences
Balasingam, Namrata R.9Mitty (Archbishop) High SchoolSan Jose3Physics & Astronomy
Bhattacharya, Paulomi11Harker (The) SchoolSan Jose2Chemistry
Buduma, Nikhil11Bellarmine College PreparatorySan Jose2Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology
Chang, Christine 11Palo Alto High SchoolPalo AltoHMMathematics & Software
Chang, Joseph 9Palo Alto High SchoolPalo AltoHMMathematics & Software
Choudhury, Abrar12Bellarmine College PreparatorySan Jose1Physics & Astronomy
De Gregorio, Robert J. 12Oak Grove High SchoolSan JoseHMEnvironmental Science
Duzac, McKenna P.11Oak Grove High SchoolSan Jose3Chemistry
Gupta, Adyota10Monta Vista High SchoolCupertino2Applied Mechanics & Structures
Holmstrom, Mark A., IV11Live Oak High SchoolMorgan Hill2Mathematics & Software
Khare, Eesha11Harker (The) SchoolSan Jose2Chemistry
McLaughlin, Theresa L.10Sobrato (Ann) High SchoolMorgan Hill2Mathematics & Software
Navaratna, Nidhi9Lynbrook High SchoolSan JoseHMBehavioral & Social Sciences
Ng, Natalie10Monta Vista High SchoolCupertinoHMBiochemistry/ Molecular Biology
Nguyen, Bill 12Oak Grove High SchoolSan JoseHMEnvironmental Science
Powers, Alexander S.11Bellarmine College PreparatorySan Jose4Chemistry
Singh, Navjot11Oak Grove High SchoolSan Jose4Applied Mechanics & Structures
Spinner, Hannah B.10Los Gatos High SchoolLos Gatos4Plant Biology
Thomas, James J.12Bellarmine College PreparatorySan Jose2Mammalian Biology
Yagati, Samyukta9Harker (The) SchoolSan Jose4Mathematics & Software
Zarrin, David A.11Saratoga High SchoolSaratoga1Applied Mechanics & Structures

Alfarata Walley Award for Excellence in Electronics and Electromagnetics Studies – For achievement in electronics and electromagnetic studies. Given in recognition of Mrs. Walley, a dedicated elementary school teacher for over 40 years who passed away in 2010.

Her many students will be pleased that she has been remembered for her devotion to her profession. Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is $500. Presented anonymously.

Award: J0936,Maya Varma

CAT Scan R&D Silicon Boule Award – For distinctive performance in the physical sciences. This award has been presented annually since 1995 and was originally an end piece of an ultrapure monocrystalline silicon boule. Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is a TRW custom designed silicon die for the space program which became an enabling technology for the CAT scan. Presented by Dale L. Hall, Senior Engineer Scientist, retired, TRW Space & Electronics.

Award: J0936, Maya Varma

LA BioMed Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology – For achievement in the field of Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology. Award is $500. Presented by the Los Angeles Biomedical

Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed).

Award: S0505,Nikhil Buduma

Raytheon Junior Achievement Award –Limited to projects in the Junior Division. Award is $500. Presented by the Raytheon Asian Pacific Association (RAPA) – Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Company.

Award: J1418, Ken Noh; J1811 Holly M. Jackson

SPIE Optics & Photonics Award – For the project best demonstrating scientific research

and engineering applications of optical, photonic, imaging, and optoelectronic technologies. One award in each division. Award is $1000, one year membership in SPIE, and a certificate. Presented by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Senior Division:S1402, the team of

Christine Chang and Joseph Chang

UCLA Brain Research Institute Award – For outstanding science projects in all areas of neuroscience from molecules to mind. One award in each division. Award is $500 and a certificate. Presented by the UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI).

Senior Division:S0532,Anna T. Thomas

CAPS Science Achievement Award
For the project best illustrating good scientific methodology in a discipline represented by members of CAPS, including physics, chemistry, biological and environmental science, toxics and energy resources. Award is $100 and an plaque.
Junior Division: J0615, Anjini Karthik
Clinical Chemistry Award
For interesting and original projects that impact the future of clinical chemistry. Three awards in each division. Senior Division award is $200, Junior Division award is $100. Presented by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Southern California Section.
Senior Division: S0531, Tanay Tandon,
Junior Division J0524, Arpita Singhal,
Junior Division J0615, Anjini Karthik,
Junior Division J1724, Anin Sayana.