Who Are the 2014 National Science Fair Project Winners?

U.S. science winners of the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, originating in the 1950s as the National Science Fair, include Nathan Han, Sarah Nicole Galvin and Logan Collins. Other winners from the United States are Harsha Sudarsan Uppili, Harry Paul and Archal James Fernando-Peiris.

Nathan Han, of Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts, won the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award for his project, "Characteristics of Deleterious Mutations in Tumor Suppressor Genes." The Gordon E. Moore Award is given to a finalist whose project involves innovative research that could have a major impact on the field.

Sarah Nicole Galvin, of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, and Logan Collins, of Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, won the Dudley S. Herschbach Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar Award. Sarah's project was on spin transport electronics. Logan's work was "The Conjugative Plasmid RK2 as a Delivery System for Artificial AnatheriaH Genes: A Novel Synthetic Biology Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics." The award winners attend a seminar in Sweden on achievements by young scientists; they also attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies and lectures and may visit scientific institutes.

Harsha Sudarsan Uppili, Harry Paul and Archal James Fernando-Peiris all won the Innovation Exploration Award from the California Institute of Technology. Harsha, from Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon, won for "The Fabrication and Characterization of Short and Long Term Memory Proton Induced Thin Film Synaptic Transistors." Harry's project was "Growing Spine Implant and Test Method"; he is from Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York. Archal, of Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio, did a project on "Fabricating an Artificial Nose Using Mesoporous Photonic Crystals."