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OCSEF Excellence in STEM Awards and Reception 2016

By Tu Trinh

     OC Science, along with OCSEF, hosted the OCSEF Excellence in STEM Awards and Reception on June 5, 2016. Hundreds of people from around Orange County attended this event to view the amazing artwork on display as well as the winning science fair projects. Before the event started, guests were able to tour the building and see the finalists' artwork from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Art Contest and several science fair projects from students across Orange County. 

     The event kicked off with the keynote speaker, Dr. Katherine Mackey, who talked about her studies in the field of marine biology. Afterwards, several winning students from the annual science fair presented a summary about their ideas and project. These included Ethan Nguyen, a sixth grader at McPherson Elementary, who tested who the shape of an egg dome affects how much force the egg can withstand; Shreyas Hukkeri, a freshman at University High School, who created an app called Hatchling and a smart air-quality monitoring system that senses toxic gases in homes; Emily Condon, a junior at Villa Park, who analyzed who was most at risk while driving; Sabreen Alam, a sixth grader at Deerfield Elementary, who tested the effectiveness of foods in stopping the growth of cancer tumors; Lauren Fishman, a junior at Sage Hill High School, who discovered internal and external differences in males and females of all ages while expressing emotion; and Emily Hsi, a sixth grader at Turtle Rock Elementary who discovered a different and more effective method of increasing rose longevity. Two 2016 Intel ISEF Talent Search finalists also presented: Michelle Xu, sophomore at Beckman High School, talked about her project, entitled, "Contact Order and its Application on the Hydrophobic-Polar Lattice Model for Protein Folding through Ant Colony Optimization." Charles Noyes, a junior at Villa Park High school, presented his project called "Pandora: A Blockchain-Driven Secure Multiparty Computation Market at Scale."

     Next came the awards for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Art Contest finalists, presented by Sherry Xu and Lucy Liu, two board members from OC Science. This contest was split into a Junior Division and a Senior Division, with categories in photography and art. Finalists were decided by OC Arts judges, while a popular vote was conducted on the OC Science Facebook page. The winners for Junior Photography were Sofia Reyes Franco and Liam McAllister, while the winners for Junior Art were Carly Zhou, Ashwin Jagadish, Iris Yang, and Jenny Lee. The winners for Senior Photography were Jenna Schindele, while the winners for Senior Art were Kelly Zhou and Tyler Wu.

     The event ended with many awards being given out to the OCSEF board and judges and volunteers who helped select the qualifying science fair projects. "So we set it up, and the kids are so nervous, and I tell them, 'It's fine! You've gotten this far!" says Lois Weir, on how her favorite part of science fair judging.

     After the presentations, a reception with a variety of snacks and drinks awaited the guests. Students and their families were able to explore the artwork and projects on display one last time and discuss with the OCSEF judges about the annual Science Fair competition. 

OCSEF Excellence in STEM Awards & Reception 2015

The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) hosted its annual Excellence in STEM Awards and Reception at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center on June 7, 2015. Audience members were introduced to high school science competitions, and they listened to presentations by the following talented individuals, all Orange County local high school students who competed in Intel ISEF:

  • Jennifer McCleary, 12th Grade, Beckman High School/MIT
  • Parth Sarh, 12th Grade, Mission Viejo High School/MIT
  • Nilay Mehta, 11th Grade, Irvine High School
  • Charles Noyes, 10th Grade, Villa Park High School
  • Hope Lee, 11th Grade, Woodbridge High School

OCSEF Broadcom MASTERS Research Showcase

Thank you to all those who attended the OCSEF Broadcom MASTERS Showcase in celebration of Orange County Science and Engineering Fair's 60th anniversary. Your support is appreciated!

To those who could not make it, please feel free to view the recap powerpoint (coming soon!) below. If you would like to be notified of similar events in the future, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to sign up for our email list. Thank you!

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The Broadcom MASTERS Showcase featured a panel of Orange County's most talented young individuals...

The OCSEF Broadcom MASTERS Showcase featured highly talented guests Sahar Khashayar, Caroline Edmonds, Keoni Gandall, and Anna Lou, all former Broadcom MASTERS finalists from Orange County. Ms. Khashayar won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS. Ms. Edmonds was a member of the White Team, who were awarded with the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS Team Award. Mr. Gandall earned first-place honors in science at the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS. Ms. Lou won the the 2011 and 2012 Junior Sweepstake awards at OCSEF. They shared personal experiences in middle school science fair research and the Broadcom MASTERS competition.

and a very special keynote by Ms. Prasanthi Sathyaprakash.

Our keynote speaker was Ms. Prasanthi Sathyaprakash, from Broadcom Foundation and the Co-president of the OCSEF Board of Directors.


More about Broadcom MASTERS...

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars) is the premier middle school science and engineering competition. Affiliated science fairs nationwide nominate the top 10% of middle school students to enter this prestigious competition. 300 semifinalists are selected, and out of these, 30 finalists are selected to present their projects, as well as meet the President, in Washington, D.C. The OCSEF will nominate 60 projects to participate in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS.


In Search of Excellence: High School Research Showcase

The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) & OC Science partnered up to present In Search of Excellence: High School Research Showcase on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Hurlbut Theater at St. Margaret's Episcopal School. The event celebrated OCSEF's 60th anniversary!


See photos below. (Photos coming soon!)


The High School Research Showcase featured Orange County's best and brightest high school researchers...

The talented individuals--both high school seniors--listed below shared personal experiences in high school science fair research and competitions.

  • Jennifer McCleary
    • Siemens Competition 2014 Semifinalist
    • Intel STS 2015 Finalist
  • Aileen Wang
    • Siemens Competition 2014 Regional Finalist ($1000 scholarship)
    • Intel STS 2015 Semifinalist


And a special keynote by Dr. James Li!

Our keynote speaker was Dr. James Li, Co-president to the OCSEF Board of Directors. He presented on on How to Conduct a Winning Science Project. After receiving his Ph.D. from USC, Dr. Li joined the research faculty at Utah State University and has since published over 20 research papers. After 15 years of serving as the CEO of a high tech company, he found his calling in educating talented youth and founded Avid Academy for Gifted Youth. Since then, he has mentored many students, including 4 Intel STS finalists, in science research. In his presentation, Dr. Li will share his experience and advice with students and parents on critical factors in conducting successful science research.


About Siemens and Intel STS

The Siemens Foundation’s Math, Science & Technology Competition and Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) are a few of many advanced research competitions offered to high school students. The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes students who display remarkable talents in challenging themselves through science research. The competition gives them opportunities to achieve national recognition for their science research projects. The Intel STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science. 40 students are selected as finalists from a pool of 300 semifinalists.


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