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Breck students earn top awards at State Science and Engineering Fair

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Twenty-four students from Breck School’s Advanced Science Research (ASR) program earned top awards at the 80th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair held March 25 through 27 in Minneapolis, Minn. More than 550 students participated in the State Science Fair. Breck’s ASR program is comprised of students in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades who have spent this past year working on individualized research projects.

Five students, Archana Murali, Elena Berman (alternate), Jiaheng He (alternate), Sung Wan Huh (alternate), and Raunak Vijayakar (alternate), received one of the State’s top awards and were selected to represent Minnesota at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held May 14 to 19 in Los Angeles, Calif. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and annually provides a forum for more than 1,800 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research while competing for more than $4 million in prizes.

Additionally, four students Cole Maxwell, Archana Murali, Maggie Scott and Genevieve Weiler, will represent Minnesota at the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy and Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas May 3-8. ISWEEEP is a unique science fair open to high school students from all around the world whose projects focus on sustainability for a better tomorrow. Students compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, trips and other learning experiences.

Awards received by Breck Advanced Science Research students at the State Science & Engineering Fair:

  • Two students received a 1st place Grand Award
  • Two students received a 3rd place Grand Award
  • 3M Foundation Science Award for 2nd place High School Project
  • ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award
  • Beckman Coulter Science Award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place High School Project
  • IBM Watson Innovation Award for the 1st place High School Project
  • Minnesota Environmental Health Association 3rd place High School Project
  • Office of Naval Research – U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Award
  • SAS Institute Data Analysis and Visualization Award
  • SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics 1st place high school project award
  • Five students received the Wolfram Research Mathematica Software Award – Mathematica software for 1st place project in each category

Awards received by Breck Advanced Science Research students at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair include:

  • International Science & Engineering Fair Finalist, awarded an opportunity to compete Intel's international competition in May 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
  • International Science & Engineering Fair Alternate, awarded an opportunity to attend Intel's international competition in May 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
  • I-SWEEEP finalist, awarded opportunity to attend the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy & Environment Project Olympiad in Texas in May
  • 3M Foundation Award
  • American Meteorological Society Award
  • American Psychological Association Award
  • ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award
  • Graduate Women in Science Award
  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award
  • Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Award
  • Orbital ATK Award
  • Premier Bank Award
  • Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
  • United States Army Best Project Award
  • United States Navy/Marine Office of Naval Research Award
  • U.S. Metric Association Award
  • University of Minnesota Sponsor Award
  • Yale Science and Engineering Association Award
  • Third place high school research paper out of 196 entries
  • 24 top ribbons signifying qualification to the Minnesota State Science Fair Competition in March
  • 15 Research Paper Competition Finalists signifying qualification to the North Central Tri-State Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in March

Among Breck’s signature advanced research programs is Advanced Science Research. The Advanced Science Research Program enables Upper School students to participate in professional research experiences. Breck believes that the stimulation of doing research and working with mentors will encourage talented students to pursue careers in science, engineering or mathematics.

This program also serves to strengthen ties between the research community and Breck. The program combines an active university summer of research followed by a seminar-style class at Breck in which participants work together on preparing written and oral presentations of their findings and enter appropriate competitions.