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High school students win ADAF honors at Intel competition

August 14, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Pittsburgh—Three high school students won three ADA Foundation sponsored awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 in May.

ADAF sponsored winners of the Intel ISEF 2012 flank judge Dr. Alexandre Vieira after receiving certificates and prizes at the awards ceremony in Pittsburgh in May. Pictured from the left are Sneha Subramaniam, Chene Mostert, Dr. Vieira and Farhat Alucozai. (Photo credit: Society for Science & the Public)

The annual competition, a partnership between Society for Science & the Public and the Intel Foundation, awards student winners in the 9th through 12th grades a variety of prizes, including scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips. Student competitors qualify for Intel ISEF 2012 based on previously winning top prizes in local, regional, state or national science fairs.

Chene Mostert, 17, a student at Ladysmith High School in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, won the first prize of $2,000, for her project “An Effective Method to Annihilate Toothbrush Pathogenic Bacteria.”

Sneha Subramaniam, 18, a student at Westborough High School in Westborough, Mass., won the second prize of $1,000 for her project “Engineering a Novel Hydrogel Matrix for Bone Cell Regeneration.”

Farhat Alucozai, 18, a student at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High in West Lafayette, Ind., won the third prize of $500 for her project “Effects of Chemotherapeutic Drugs on Oral Flora.”

Drs. Adriana Modesto Vieira and Alexandre Rezende Vieira of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine served as competition judges for the ADAF category.

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