More than 750 students from across Georgia competed for more than $30,000 in prizes and awards during the 70th annual Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, run by the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, a public service and outreach unit.
Students must be selected to advance from one of the state’s regional fairs to exhibit in the GSEF competition. Winners were announced on March 24 following two days of judging and public viewing.
Marissa McAfee won the top prize, the Pinnacle Award, and will advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair with her project titled “Casualty Care Improvised Direct Pressure Adjunct.” McAfee attends South Forsyth High School. Grand Awards were presented to 11 students, and four of these students plus one alternate were selected to advance to the Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh May 13-18. These winners and 26 others already selected from regional fairs will represent Georgia in competition at ISEF.
“These students represent the top young scientific and engineering talent in our state,” said Laura Brewer, science fair director and program coordinator for the Office of Special Academic Programs, which administers the event each year. “The science fair experience gives them the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue higher education and careers in advanced STEM fields and make unprecedented advancements toward a better world.”
This year’s award winners are listed below with their project titles, schools and counties.
Intel ISEF Award
Intel ISEF Award Alternate
- Vikram Ruppa-Kasani, “Detecting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Using Nanoparticles,” Chattahoochee High School, Fulton County.
A full list of winners is online at https://t.uga.edu/42w
Previous GSEF award winners have gone on to attend universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT and UGA, and many currently are working on some of the nation’s major challenges, such as public health.