The Consortium for Ocean Leadership granted five Special Awards, totaling $10,000, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 12-17 in Phoenix, Arizona.
This was Ocean Leadership’s second 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.
Neil Ferdinand Nathan of Shreveport, Louisiana received Ocean Leadership’s prize for the best overall project in ocean science and exploration for his project, entitled “Prospective Study of Logarithmic Spirals and Hurricanes.”
Under the auspices of Ocean Leadership, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) awarded three prizes. Connor William Burton of Camdenton, Missouri was recognized for his project “Jellyfish Phototaxis: Developing an Infrared Net for Application in Marine Systems for the Prevention of Jellyfish Fouling and Beach Infestations.” Jamie Rachel Odzer of Miami, Florida received the second award for her project “The Effect of Fire on the Community Structure of Macro-Invertebrates in a Compartmentalized Wetlands Ecosystem: Will Wetlands Restoration Efforts Reduce the Anthropogenic Intensification of Environmental Damage from Natural Disturbances?” The third award went to the team of Jovita Nathania, Rosinta Handinata and Maria Lestari from Indonesia for their project “Having Fun Learning About Coral.”
For the best project in oil spill-related science, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative awarded a prize to Abdullah Koca and Omer Faruk Altun of Konya, Turkey for their project “Oceans are More Significant than Petroleum.”
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 2013 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.
About Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Ocean Leadership is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents 103 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages, coordinates and facilitates ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration and ocean partnerships.