1999 California State Science Fair
Special and Recognition Awards


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Special Awards

American Chemical Society, Coordinating Committee of California Sections [photo]
Award to the young scientist with the most original use of chemistry in a research project. $500 award.
S0499 Mary E. Vargas, San Bernardino County

California Shore and Beach Preservation Association
The student whose science project demonstrates an understanding of or a unique curiosity for coastal processes, both physical and biological. $500 cash award, and a one-year student membership to ASBPA/CSBPA.
S0511 Rebecca A. Simon, Orange County

Energy Award [photo]
One award to a student in each division and advisor with the best project relating to energy, judged on the quality and application of the science and the potential impact on energy use. $1000 cash award.
Senior Division: S0107 Jeff A. Leggio, Kern County
Junior Division: J0911 Troy G. Garabedian, Fresno County
Teacher: Ms. Robbie Revel, Los Angeles County

John D. Isaacs Scholarship [photo]
$10,000 college scholarship in marine science, open only to high school seniors. Applicant must submit a separate application to the California Sea Grant Program by an April deadline.
Scholarship: J1299 Sarah L. Reiver, Riverside County

Muses of the California Science Center [photo]
One award of $500 to a young woman in both the junior and senior divisions identified as an outstanding future scientist.
Senior Division: (tie)
S0805 Christine M. Concho, San Bernardino County;
S1109 Meredith C. Houlton, San Diego County
Junior Division: (tie)
J1718 Lilly E. Razavi, San Diego County
J0517 Lesley A. Vittetoe, Monterey County

The Silicon Boule Award [photo]
Awarded in both age divisions for distinctive performance in the physical sciences. First place award is the recipient's choice of a laptop computer or a silicon boule.
Senior Division:
First Place: S0604 Nathan A. Fleischaker, San Diego County
Second Place: S0917 Ian R. Whittinghill, Ventura County
Junior Division:
First Place: J1427 Hrair H. Simonian, Los Angeles County
Honorable Mention: J0601 Joanne F. Arguello and Nicole D'Arcy, Santa Cruz County

SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering [photo]
Awarded to the best project in the area of optics and photonics engineering. $500 cash award, certificate, and one year student membership in SPIE.
Award: S1406 Maren I. Christensen, Monterey County

Tau Beta Pi Association, Southern California Alumnus Chapter [photo]
Outstanding project reflecting superior knowledge and understanding of more than one engineering discipline. $500 cash award and certificate.
S0914 Alexander D. Spector, Los Angeles County.

University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Project demonstrating the student exhibiting the most promise for a future scientific career. $500 cash award.
S0503 Veronica L. Cox, Mendocino County

Recognition Awards

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles Section
Chairman's Award for Excellence. Best project display of the application of aerospace engineering and engineering science applications. One award in each division: $150 cash awards and certificates of recognition.
Senior Division: S0917 Ian R. Whittinghill, Ventura County [photo]
Junior Division: J0917 Tyler C. Jennison, Kern County [photo]

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Orange County Section
Aerospace Excellence Award. Outstanding project reflecting superior knowledge and understanding of aerospace sciences. One award in each division: $200 and certificates of recognition.
Senior Division: S0917 Ian R. Whittinghill, Ventura County
Junior Division: J0935 Peter G. Zink, Ventura County

Association of Women Geoscientists, Los Angeles Chapter
Earth Science Achievement Award. For an outstanding project in the earth science field by a young woman. First Place: $50 savings bond and membership in the association; Honorable Mention: certificate of accomplishment.
Senior Division:
First Place: S0504 Tealia P. Davis, Riverside County [photo]
Honorable Mentions:
S0511 Rebecca A. Simon, Orange County
S0503 Veronica L. Cox, Mendocino County
S0599 Michelle N. Heimgartner, Fresno County
Junior Division:
First Place: J0511 Kathy C. Kelsey, Humboldt County [photo]
Honorable Mentions:
J0512 Jessica H. Lessing, Los Angeles County
J0513 Clair M. Metcalfe, San Diego County

California Association of Professional Scientists
Grades 7-11 only. For an outstanding environmental project. $100 savings bond and plaque.
J0822 Dhivya Reghunathan, Ventura County

California Energy & Environmental Education Forum (CEEEF)
One award in each age division to the project which does the most to enable people to make responsible energy and environmental choices. $100 award to each student, $100 to the sponsoring teacher, and $100 toward teacher's expenses to attend a CSTA conference to receive a plaque.
Senior Division: S0809 Dana M. Lebental, Los Angeles County [photo]
Junior Division: J1003 Bethany M. Benson, Kern County [photo]

California Native Plant Society
Plant Biology Award: Excellence in the study of botanical characteristics of one or more species of California's native flora. $100 award.
J1629 Naomi E. Stamper, Humboldt County

Health Physics Society, Southern California Chapter
Project which best demonstrates or observes the use or effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. First Place: cash award of $100 to student and teacher. Honorable Mentions: $25 each.
First Place: S1608 team of Dev Chatterji and Keyvan Rahmatian, Fresno County with advisor Wayne Garabedian
Honorable Mention (tie):
S1312 Ashley G. Grand, San Diego County;
S0808 Matt A. Keye, Orange County;
J1414 Brannon B. Klopfer, Mendocino County;
J1427 Hrair H. Simonian, Los Angeles County.

Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (IAE), College of Fellows
Projects which demonstrate outstanding engineering merit. Awards: $250 (1st), $150 (2nd), $100 (3rd).
First Place: S0610 Jonathan Y. Suen, Fresno County [photo]
Second Place: S0109 Carina Martinez, Orange County [photo]
Third Place: S0810 Andrew M. McBride, Santa Barbara County. [photo]

Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists [photo]
Outstanding project in the physical sciences reflecting excellent application or demonstration of knowledge, research, and understanding of the scientific method and superior presentation. $100 and certificate.
Award: S1407 Anthony S. Ford, Kern County.

Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter
Recognition for Environmental Science. $50 award.
Award (tie):
S0806 Erin M. Deady, Riverside County
S0809 Dana M. Lebental, Los Angeles County

Tom Reside Memorial Award
To an environmentally related project by a young woman showing originality and persistence in data collection. $100 award in each division.
Junior Division: J0615 Sasha V.I. Rosewood, Santa Cruz County [photo]
Senior Division: S0812 Rell L. Parker, San Diego County.


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