HATTIESBURG – Mississippi
science students proved to be the cream of the crop at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair held May 7-13 in Phoenix,
Some 9th- to12th-graders racked up $8,050 in cash
awards given out by Science Service and the Intel Foundation. The
group of 30 was among nearly 1,200 students who earned the right
to compete by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or
national science fair.
Presbyterian Christian High School senior Winston
Harmon Messer of Hattiesburg saw his four years of hard work pay
off when he was awarded the First Place U.S. Air Force Award of
$3,000 for his project Hemodynamics and Heart Failure.
While Messer was ecstatic to take home the top award,
he said it is his passion for discovering new things that drives
him during competitions, not the thousands of dollars in prizes.
"I feel like at some point the work itself is
the reward and anything beyond that is just icing on the cake,"
said the aspiring cardiologist who's been accepted to Brown Univeristy
in Rhode Island.
Oak Grove High School student Jennifer Jing Huang
was also rewarded for her efforts as she took home the Fourth Place
Award of $500 and Honorable Mention for the Biochemistry Society
Award in which she pocketed $50 for Simultaneous Detection of E.coli.
The University of Southern Mississippi's Dr. Lawrence
Bellipanni, science education professor emeritus, also left the
event feeling like a winner as he was honored with a plaque in appreciation
of his outstanding achievement and commitment to the Intel ISEF.
"I felt extremely honored," said Bellipanni,
who has served as the Secretary of the Intel ISEF Advisory Council
since 2003. "I try to do my best job always."
Bellipanni's passion for science is evident in his
service to the Mississippi Science and Engineering Fairs, where
he has served as director or president for 42 years. He has attended
42 of the 56 International Science and Engineering Fairs, serving
as an international judge for 15 years. Each year Bellipanni is
largely responsible for approximately 700 students competing at
the state level and 40 Mississippi students competing at the international
"It's (science fair) a thrill for me because
that's what I look forward to, seeing these kids do their best,"
said Bellipanni. "I encourage every kid from grades1-12 to
take part in the science fair program. It serves as a vehicle to
enhance science and engineering education and has rewarded numerous
students with scholarships, money, and other compensation."
For more information on the Southern Miss science
and engineering program or its annual regional science fair, please
contact Dr. Bellipanni at (601) 310-3699.
FULL LIST OF INTEL SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS:
First Place U.S. Air Force Award of $3,000
Hemodynamics and Heart Failure: Utilization of Impedance
Cardiography to Measure Therapeutic Response in Patients with Chronic
Heart Failure, Year Two
Winston Harmon Messer, 18, Presbyterian Christian
High School, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
First Place Category Award of $3,000
Methodology of Phytomining by Growing Avena sativa
and Medicago sativa to Nucleate Gold Nanoparticles for Nanoapplications,
Rachael Ann Scott, 17, Northwest Mississippi Home
Educators Association, Como, Mississippi.
Third Place Category Award of $1,000
Detecting the Aggregation Pheromone of Armadillidium
Clara Grace Watson, 17, Grenada High School, Grenada,
Fourth Place Category Award of $500 and Honorable
Mention for the Biochemistry Society Award of $50
Simultaneous Detection of E. coli O157:H7 Toxin Genes
by Nucleic Acid Sequence-Based Amplification
Jennifer Jing Huang, 17, Oak Grove High School, Hattiesburg,
Fourth Place Category Award of $500
Using Absorbance Difference Spectroscopy to Study
Interactions of Selected Inhibitors on Breast Cancer Molecular Target
Cytochrome P450 Aromatase
Jonathan Lloyd Priester, 17, William B. Murrah High
School, Jackson, Mississippi