The Consortium for Ocean Leadership granted two Special Awards, totaling $4,000, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 11-15 in Pittsburgh, PA.
This was Ocean Leadership’s fourth year participating in the event as a Special Award Organization. Three Ocean Leadership staff members judged and selected the winners based on scientific merit, relation to ocean sciences, originality and presentation.
Christopher Lindsay, of Honolulu, Hawaii received Ocean Leadership’s prize for best overall project in ocean science and exploration for his project entitled, “Hohonukai: An Environmental Study of Hawaii’s Marine Biota Using Underwater Time-Lapse Photography.”
For the best project in oil spill-related science, the Gulf Of Mexico Research Initiative awarded a prize to Sahil Veeramoney of Portland, Oregon for his project, “The Development of an Oleophilic and Hydrophobic Polystyrene Synthetic Polymer Coated Cotton for High Efficiency Marine Oil Spill Absorption.”
Ocean Leadership judges also selected six Honorable Mention projects ranging in topic from a socio-economic study of mangroves, the use of electrolysis for extended underwater exploration, convolutional neural networks for ocean health, and other alternative methods of oil spill recovery.
Every year more than 1,500 student finalists from 65 countries, regions, and territories around the globe earn the right to attend the Intel ISEF by winning an Intel ISEF-affiliated fair at a local, regional, or national level. Finalists in 2015 competed for more than $3 million in total awards; competitors were judged on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.
Ocean Leadership is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that represents 89 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and education community, Ocean Leadership manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.