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Breck students share passion for research at the International Science and Engineering Fair

Monday, May 22, 2017

Four students from Breck School’s Advanced Science Research program attended the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 13 through 19. A total of 1,778 high school students representing 78 countries competed in this spectacular event.

Archana Murali ’17 was recognized with a special award at ISEF. The Patent and Trademark Office Society Award was given to her for outstanding originality, analysis and clarity in science and technology. In addition to the certificate of accomplishment, she received a copy of the first patent issued, an American Flag, and a $1,000 cash prize.

Four Breck students, Archana Murali, Elena Berman (alternate), Jiaheng He (alternate), and Sung Wan Huh (alternate), were selected to represent Minnesota at this event. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and annually provides a forum for students from around the world to showcase their independent research while competing for more than $4 million in prizes.

Reflecting on the experience, Archana shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed the week I spent at ISEF. Not only did I get to see many different research projects that were mind-blowing, I also was able to meet many different students from around the world who share my interest in science and who motivated and inspired me to continue pursuing a future career in science. From meeting Nobel Prize winners to spending the night at Universal Studios, ISEF was a lot of fun, and I will remember all the memories and experiences I had at the fair.“

On public viewing day, competitors had the opportunity to share their research with over 4,000 students and teachers from the Los Angeles Area. During judging, projects were evaluated by no less than eight professional judges who evaluated them based on scientific thought, originality, scientific understanding, and presentation ability.

At the beginning of the week Rosalind Hudnell, Intel Foundation, challenged the participants to embrace the week saying, “When you consider the finalists, judges, panelists, Nobel Laureates, and others walking the halls, there is no greater collection of brainpower in one place than Intel ISEF! Please take advantage of this chance to listen and learn beyond your current focus area. Remember, innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”

Archana with patent certificate