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Excellent Performance by Singapore Team at The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013

1.   The Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore congratulate the Singapore Team on their performance at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013 held in Phoenix, Arizona, the United States of America (USA) from 12 to 17 May 2013. The Singapore team submitted two individual projects and one team project.

2.   Prithvi Gundlapalli from St Andrew’s Junior College won the Second Award in the category of Chemistry for his project titled Nanostructured Co3O4, CoO and CoN as High Capacity and Long Life Anodes for Li-ion Batteries, under the supervision of Dr. M. V. Venkatashamy Reddy from National University of Singapore (NUS). He received a cash prize of US$1,500. He also won a Special Award and received a First Award cash prize US$4,000 from the American Chemical Society.

3.   The other individual project, titled Investigating the tubulin-mediated anti-proliferative and cytotoxic effects of 6-shogaol extracted from ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizomes to determine its potential as an anti-cancer agent, in the category of Medicine and Health Sciences, was submitted by Darren Wong Yong Sheng from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) under the supervision of Mdm Yong Lee Har, Deputy Principal from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

4.   The team project, Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using Lalang Extract, in the category of Environmental Management, was submitted by Lee Wei Hao Joel, Phua Yue Jun and Tan Kwan Wei, Kevin from Hwa Chong Institution (College Section), under the supervision of Mrs Sow-Peh Yoke Keow, Principal Consultant (Research) at Hwa Chong Institution.
The Singapore Team was led by Mr Tan Yong Yao, Curriculum Planning Officer, MOE.

5.   The ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science fair, is held in the United States of America annually and provides the platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. This year, the competition saw 1,611 finalists from 70 countries, regions and territories participating in the ISEF. More than 1,200 judges from different fields of science, engineering, and industry professionals were involved in the on-site judging of the projects and selection of the winners. ISEF is often regarded as the “Olympics” of science research competitions. In each scientific category, First, Second, Third and Fourth Place awards are given out.

6.   The Singapore Team was chosen from top awardees in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) held in March this year. 

7.   SSEF is a national competition jointly organised by MOE, ASTAR and the Science Centre Singapore. The winners of SSEF are also eligible to participate in the ASTAR Talent Search (A*TS).