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Two Malaysian students win awards at Intel Science Fair, USA

AvantiKumar | June 4, 2013
Nur Liyana Johari and Sarah Wong Jia Xin represented Malaysia with award-winning projects in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Intel - Photo 1  Sarah Wong and Nur Liyana modified 

Photo : (From left) Sarah Wong Jia Xin and Nur Liyana, Malaysian award winners at ISEF.


Two Malaysian students are included among award winners at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, competing with projects from 1,600 other selected young scientists from around the world, said semiconductor firm Intel.

Intel Singapore and Malaysia country manager Prakash Mallya said that Nur Liyana Johari from Tuanku Syed Putra Secondary Science School won second award from the United Airlines Foundation and third award in the environmental management: recycling and waste management category and was awarded US$5,000 and US$1,000 respectively for her project entitled 'BIO-OIL: the use of specially made catalyst.'

Also, Sarah Wong Jia Xin from SMK Batu Lintang won third award in the engineering: electrical and mechanical category and was awarded US$1,000 for her project entitled 'use of biosorbent for removal of colour and heavy metal from dyed waste water'.

"We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that science and math are the foundation of innovation, which is imperative for global economic growth and advancing society," said Mallya. "This competition encourages millions of students worldwide every year to explore their passion for math and science while developing solutions for global challenges."

This year, about 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, he said. They were selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the winners mentioned above, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research. Awards included 17 'Best of Category' winners who each received a US$5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner's school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

"We congratulate Ionut, Eesha and Henry on their success at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this week in Phoenix," said the president of the Society for Science & the Public, Elizabeth Marincola. "Their research demonstrates the value of hard work and creative thinking. All the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists here this week show great promise in harnessing the power of science and innovation to solve problems and create opportunity for our global community."

Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit membership organisation dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950. 


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