CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Physics & Astronomy

Senior Division

Vikram A. Balaji, Grade 9
Resonance in Different Materials
Advisor: Ms. Colleen Kelly
School: Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, Sacramento County
S1802 — Honorable Mention
Namrata R. Balasingam, Grade 11
A Kinetic Monte Carlo Study of the Scalability and Variability of the Forming Voltage of Transition Metal Oxide ReRAMs
Advisor: Dr. Dipu Pramanik
School: Mitty (Archbishop) High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Vikas C. Bhetanabhotla, Grade 12
Identification of Satellite Galaxies around Milky Way Galactic Analogs Using Machine Learning Algorithms
Advisor: Dr. Risa Wechsler
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Nithin Buduma, Grade 10
Evaluation of Anisotropic Kondo Systems CeNiSn and FeSi as Topological Insulators Reveals Anomalous Transport Behavior
Advisor: Dr. Arthur Ramirez
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S1805 — Honorable Mention
Cameron Chaffey, Grade 10
Alien Atmospheres: Searching for Exoplanet Bow Shocks
Advisor: Mr. Dana Hagen
School: Torrance High School, Torrance, Los Angeles County
Jennifer J. Choi, Grade 9
How Do You Frustrate Total Internal Reflection? The Mysterious Evanescent Wave
Advisor: Mr. Robert Nguyen
School: Oxford Academy, Cypress, Orange County
S1807 — Fourth Place
Ezra B. Creighton, Grade 11
Engineering an HHO System to Safely Run a Four Stroke Engine with Water (HHO), Part 3
Advisor: Mr. Michael Bell
School: Monarch Academy, Moreno Valley, Riverside County
Shaiann M. Edmondson, Grade 10
Will the Gas Pass?
Advisor: Mr. Earl Edmondson
School: Vanden High School, Fairfield, Solano County
Kishan M. Ghadiya, Grade 11
Does Jupiter Harm or Protect the Earth?
Advisor: Mrs. Crystal Neptune
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Gwendolyn R. Gilbert-Snyder, Grade 10
Discovering the Magnus Effect by Rolling Spheres through Resistant Fluids
Advisor: Mr. Robert Fabini
School: El Cerrito Senior High School, El Cerrito, Contra Costa County
S1811 — Second Place
Michelle Guo, Grade 12
Andrew J. Zhang, Grade 11
Stellar Isotopic Abundances in the Milky Way: Insights into the Origin of Carbon and Neutron-Capture Elements
Advisor: Dr. Evan Kirby
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Rui Ji, Grade 10
Projectile Motion
Advisor: Mr. John-Emmanuel Shirajian
School: Ribet Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Amely Joly, Grade 10
Allô? Is Anyone on the String?
Advisor: Mr. Julien Astruc
School: French American International School, San Francisco, San Francisco County
Hayato S. Kato, Grade 9
Control of a Free Swinging Pendulum by the Force Created by Rotor Inertia
Advisor: Mr. Tom Shrake
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Minkyung Kim, Grade 10
Speed of Waves on Strings
Advisor: Mr. John-Emmanuel Shirajian
School: Ribet Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Madeline M. Liao, Grade 9
Magnetic Fields on Mars and Beyond
Advisor: Mr. Richard Kinney
School: Buchanan (Floyd B.) High School, Clovis, Fresno County
Michael M. Lu, Grade 11
Is There an Absolute Hot?
Advisor: Mr. Guy Rowe
School: Developing Virtue School, Ukiah, Mendocino County
Nayeli Martinez, Grade 11
Exposed: A Study of the Effectiveness of Waterproof Sunscreen
Advisor: Mr. Riccardo Magni
School: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County
Daniel C. Moon, Grade 11
YBCO Superconductor Magnet Repulsion Force: Vortex/Flux Pinning in Type-II Superconductors
Advisor: Mr. Craig Carlyle
School: Moorpark High School, Moorpark, Ventura County
S1820 — Honorable Mention
Aaron C. Ray, Grade 11
Temperature Dependence of the Indirect and Direct Bandgaps in TlBr from Cathodoluminescence Spectroscopy
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Haegel
School: York School, Monterey, Monterey County
Manjit Ruprem, Grade 9
Scientific and Technical Study on Dependent Factors for Wireless Power Transfer
Advisor: Mr. Richard Kinney
School: Buchanan (Floyd B.) High School, Clovis, Fresno County
Vidur Sanandan, Grade 12
Structural Parameters and Comparisons of Galaxies and Galactic Field Depths
Advisor: Dr. Tomer Tal
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S1823 — Third Place
Julienne Sauer, Grade 9
Quantum Locking: Applications towards Controlled Frictionless Spatial Motion
Advisor: Ms. Katherine Huang
School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
Manan A. Shah, Grade 9
A Study of the Effects of Solar Flares on the Magnetosphere of the Sun and the Propagation of Solar Pressure Waves
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S1825 — First Place
Connor E. Tom, Grade 11
Time-Resolved Optical Study of the Surface States of the Topological Insulator Bi(2)Se(3)
Advisor: Dr. Harry Tom
School: North (John Wesley) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Samantha I. Wathugala, Grade 12
Dependence of Silica Sol-Gel Thin Film Material Properties on Fabrication Methods
Advisor: Mr. Peter Starodub
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
Isfar S. Munir, Grade 12
The Relationship between Air Properties and the Deflection Experienced by an Electric Arc, Year 2
Advisor: Dr. Randy Harris
School: Tracy Joint Union High School, Tracy, San Joaquin County

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