For immediate release: 05/03/2011 | NR-11-05-01

Local science fair winners to compete at Intel Fair

Linda A Lucchetti, LLNL, (925) 422-5815,

This year, 413 students discussed their TVSEF projects with scientists and engineers at the Robert Livermore Community Center. The top sweepstakes winners will soon be heading to Los Angeles to their next level of competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
The top sweepstakes winners of the 15th annual Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF), sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will soon be heading south to their next level of competition. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) runs May 8-13 in Los Angeles.

At the TVSEF in Livermore, held March 22-25, local students in grades 7 through 12 from Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol competed for cash and other prizes.

From that competition emerged the following senior sweepstakes winners who are eligible to compete in the Intel ISEF: Christina Ren, a ninth-grade student from Monte Vista High School, who won for her project, "Ways to Enhance Cell Regeneration," and Ruchita Gupta and Ray Zhou, 11th-grade students from Amador Valley High School, who won as a team collaboration with their project, "Near-infrared Light Biostimulation: A Novel Approach to the Optimization of Industrial Biosynthesis."

"By winning the Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, the students have demonstrated they are knowledgeable about their projects and are the best among their peers," said Nadine Horner, TVSEF director. "I believe our students are well prepared for the state and Intel competition."

The Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,400 students from more than 40 countries to compete for scholarships, tuition grants and internships in the fields of science and engineering.

For more information about this year's Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, go to the Web.

For information about the Intel ISEF go to the Web.

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