2008 Special Awards


Santa Clara County Science & Engineering Fair Association

In addition to SCVSEFA Place Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.), over 250 Special Awards are also 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. 

 

2008 Special Awards

 

Organization--Criteria

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

*   3 Certificates of Merit

American Society of Civil Engineers

--

6-12

All

 

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

*  1st Place: $100
    Cash, & $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 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, grades 6-8:
     $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 grades 9-12:

1st Place:  $100 and 
    Medallion

2nd Place:  $75

*   3rd Place:  $50

*   Magazine Sub-
    scriptions,  
    jeweler’s loops, 
    and certificates of
    achievement for 
    all winners

Association for Women Geoscientists, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

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

6-12

Environ- mental Science,

Earth & Space Sciences

No

Certificate of Excellence,

bag of special gifts, and

Guest of Honor at the Annual Student Awards Banquet.

Association of Women in Science

--Outstanding chemistry and physics projects by female students

9-12

Chemistry

Physics

 No

2 sets awarded:

1st Place -$100 Cash,
    gift bag, and
    Certificate of Merit

Honorable Mention –
   Gift bag and 
   Certificate of Merit`

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 Society for Biomedical Research

   --Exemplary project that demonstrates the appropriate use of biomedical models to improve the health or quality of life of humans and animals and that show complete and appropriate review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)  

 

9-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine/ health/ gerontology, Biochemistry & Microbiology

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$500 Savings Bond & Plaque to student; $50 gift card to teacher

 

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 Channel Young Scientist Challenge

--Outstanding middle school projects

6-8

ALL

Yes

42 awards:

*  Certificate of Achievement, trading pin, opportunity for further competition

Fair Manager’s Graphic Design Award

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

6-12

ALL

Yes

grades 6-8 ($50 cash),

grades 9-12 ($100 cash)

 

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

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association

--Best engineering project

6-12

Engineering

Yes

Medallion and Certificate of Merit

 

 

 

 

 

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

6-12

Engineering

Physical Science

No

Grades11-12, 1award/grade: IPAQ handheld computer

 Gr 9-10, 1 award/grade: digital camera

Gr 6-8, 1award/grade: scientific/graphing calculator

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

--Best use of electrical and electronic components

6-12

Physics

Engineering

 

No

6 awards:  $50 cash and certificate of merit for:

       *  Best Electro-
          technology
          (grades 6-9 & 10-12)
       *  Best Interdisciplinary 
          project (grades 6-12)
       *  Best Project
          Presentation 
          (grades 6-9 & 10-12)
       *  Best Illustration of a 
          Physical or Chemical 
          Effect (Grades 10-12)
 

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 2009 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

Biochem, Envirron-mental Sciences (Life),

Medicine and Health,

Microbiol-ogy,

Gerontol-ogy

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 each- $1,000 Grand Prize

*  5 each- $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

Yes

$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 and enter drawing for a Ricoh digital camera

SAMPE  Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering

   --Best projects in the field of materials science

6-12

Physical Sciences

Yes

2 sets awarded,
grades 6-8 & 9-12:

1st Place:  $100

2nd Place:  $75

*   3rd Place:  $50

Honorable Mention Certificates

Magazine Subscriptions for all winners

San Jose State University, College of Engineering

--Projects demonstrating scientific excellence

11-12

All

No

*  2 each $1000 scholarships

*  6 each $500 scholarships

San Jose State University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

--Outstanding project demonstrating creativity and insightful questioning

 9-12

 Chemistry

 Yes

3 awards:

$50

Santa Clara County Biotech Education Partnership (SCCBEP)

--Best high school biotech project

9-12

Chemistry

Biology

Engineer- ing

Yes

$100 award

Honorable Mention, giftbags

Santa Clara County Integrated Waste Management

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

9-12 

Environmental
Science
 

yes 

2 awards:

*  Certificates of Achievement

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

9 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 for Science & the Public   - Middle School Award

     --Outstanding middle school projects

6-8

ALL

Yes

42 awards: certificate of achievement, opportunity for further competition

Society of Women Engineers

--Best engineering and computer   science projects

6-12

Engineer- ing, Computer Science

Yes

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

Book:"Changing Our World:True Stories of Women Engineers"

*  Padfolio
Certificates of

     Achievement

Gr 6-8, 3 team awards:

2" Spinning Lamp 
   
gold medals

Certificates of 
     Achievement

Suntrek Solar

Environmental Science Projects

6-12

Environ-mental Sciences

Yes

T-Shirts (Logo)

Tech Museum of Innovation

--Outstanding middle school projects

6-8

ALL

Yes

*  Four 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, &
Grades 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:

Padfolio, WiFi HotSpot finder, messenger bag,

USB drive, USAF pen and pencil set, and certificates 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 Merit Certificate

*   Honorable Mention.
      Merit Certificate

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

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

 

6-12

ALL

No

1st place: $50, 
voucher to attend Boating Safety Class -includes book and all course materials.

Honorable Mention: vouchure to attend Boating Safety Class -includes book and all course materials.

United States Department of Health and Human Services

--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:  $60 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 

-- Outstanding science or engineering fair projects

6-12

All

Yes

3 awards:

$75, and awards Certificates.

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

Water Environment Federation’s 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

Yale Science and Engineering Association

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

11

Computer Science, Engineer-ing, Physics, or Chemistry

No

*  Pewter Medallion and Certificate of Honor

 

Please contact the Special Awards Committee if you have questions.