CSSF Project Listings: 2017
Physics & Astronomy

Senior Division

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S1801 — Fourth Place
Ryan M. Beam, Grade 9 portrait
Testing How Infill Affects the Conductivity of 3D Printed Heat Shields
Advisor: Mr. John Postovit
School: Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County
Ashley J. Cao, Grade 11 portrait
Janaki C. Patel, Grade 11 portrait
Falling for You: Calculating the Trajectory of a Falling Samara Seed
Advisor: Mr. Sunny Kaura
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County
S1803 — Second Place
Dominic H. Catanzaro, Grade 12 portrait
Quick Aligning Telescopes
Advisor: Mrs. Marjan Rafie
School: Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Maggie Chang, Grade 10 portrait
The Effect of Different Rosin Brands on the Intensity of Sound
Advisor: Ms. Crystal Cooper
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Jennifer J. Choi, Grade 12 portrait
Entangling Time-bin Qubits Using an Optical Switch: Source Alignment and Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Construction
Advisor: Dr. Chee Wei Wong
School: Oxford Academy, Cypress, Orange County
Mariah G. Cox, Grade 10 portrait
Comparing the Effectiveness of Natural and Synthetic Insulating Materials
Advisor: Ms. Lorre Stange
School: Laytonville High School, Laytonville, Mendocino County
S1807 — Third Place
Gabriel A. Damon, Grade 12 portrait
Anita Ilango, Grade 12 portrait
Megha Ilango, Grade 12 portrait
Kinematics of H-alpha Emitting Stars in Andromeda
Advisor: Dr. Puragra Guhathakurta
School: Cupertino High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Shashank Dholakia, Grade 12 portrait
Shishir Dholakia, Grade 12 portrait
Searching for Exoplanets: A Novel K2-based Study of the Effects of Open Cluster Characteristics on Exoplanet Abundance
Advisor: Mr. David Iverson
School: Wilcox (Adrian C.) High School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Kelsey C. Ewing, Grade 11 portrait
Thermal Effects of the Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields Emitted from Cellular Phones on the Human Body
Advisor: Ms. Kendia Herrington
School: Buchanan (Floyd B.) High School, Clovis, Fresno County
S1810 — First Place
Rachel Guo, Grade 11 portrait
Justin L. Xie, Grade 11 portrait
Identification of Type Ia Supernova Explosion Mechanisms in Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies
Advisor: Dr. Evan Kirby
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Erika Y. Hathaway, Grade 12 portrait
A Mathematical Study of the Effects of Magnetic Fields on Cosmic Radiation
Advisor: Dr. Ameesh Pandya
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
Sahil Hegde, Grade 12 portrait
Shawn B. Zhang, Grade 11 portrait
Using a Novel Methodology to Constrain the Supermassive Black Hole-Galaxy Coevolution and Analyze the Selection Bias
Advisor: Dr. Aldo Rodriguez-Puebla
School: Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, Alameda County, Prospect High School, Saratoga, Santa Clara County
S1813 — Honorable Mention
Jonathan (Jack) K.H. Inouye, Grade 10 portrait
Improving Solar Panel Efficiency: The Effects of a Liquid Cooling System on Energy Production
Advisor: Mrs. Brenda Royce
School: University High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Sean A. Jansky, Grade 10 portrait
Chromatic Chaos: Measuring the Velocity and Energy of a Monochromatic Light
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Jae Yoon Kim, Grade 12 portrait
Saving the World, One Asteroid at a Time: A Comparison of Different Methods of Orbital Determination
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: La Jolla Senior High School, La Jolla, San Diego County
Richard K. Korshkov, Grade 10 portrait
Quantum Levitation and Diminishing Electrical Resistance in Unconventional Superconductors
Advisor: Mr. Adam Lane
School: Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, Placer County
S1817 — Honorable Mention
Andrew T. Land, Grade 9 portrait
Measuring Planck's Constant: Adventures in Watt Balance Land
Advisor: Dr. Jayne Hastedt
School: Carlmont High School, Belmont, San Mateo County
David A. Lipman, Grade 11 portrait
Algorithmic Search of the Automated Planet Finder Spectra to Identify Extraterrestrial Laser Signals
Advisor: Mr. Anthony Grabowski
School: Kehillah Jewish High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Emily E. McDermott, Grade 10 portrait
Light Absorption: A Project to Dye For
Advisor: Ms. Katy Green
School: Vanden High School, Fairfield, Solano County
Isabel E. O'Malley-Krohn, Grade 11 portrait
In Search of Planet 9: Locating through Computer Modeling
Advisor: Mr. MIchael Saccone
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Avi S. Patel, Grade 10 portrait
Confirming the Coevolution of Supermassive Black Holes and Dark Matter Halos by Analyzing the Structure of Galaxy Bulges
Advisor: Mrs. Cathy Messenger
School: Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County
Nicholas A. Perez, Grade 9 portrait
Using Specific Heat Capacity to Engineer a Thermal Evacuation Suit to Address Heat Transfer Processes
Advisor: Mrs. Julie Beckius
School: Temescal Canyon High School, Lake Elsinore, Riverside County
Ritu R. Raj, Jr., Grade 12 portrait
The Effect of Operating Temperature on the Efficiency of a Solar Cell
Advisor: Mrs. Debbie Lewis
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
Raymond D. Ramlow, Grade 12 portrait
A Critical Analysis of Four Orbital Determination Methods under Varying Viewing Geometries
Advisor: Mrs. Colleen Lum
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County

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