The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 18, 2010
State worker-sponsored students win at global science fair

The Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair, which is sponsored by state scientists and state engineers unions, came up big with several winners from the March event taking a prizes at last week's Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in San Jose.

Click the viewer above for highlights from the Intel fair. The link below opens details about the winners from the Sacramento region who were sponsored by state workers.

Shyamal Buch of Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom placed 1st in the Engineering and Transportation Category and Best Overall in Engineering and Transportation in the Intel "Best of Category" Awards. The prizes earned him a $3,000 cash prize, a $5,000 scholarship and a $1,000 grant each for his high school and the Sacramento Fair. Buch also won the the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance / The Lemelson Foundation special award.

Madeline Sides from Davis High School placed 4th in the Microbiology category earning a $500 cash prize. She also received the American Society for Microbiology special award.

Angela Yeung, also from Davis High School, placed 3rd in the Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical category. She received a $1,000 cash prize.

In the team competition, Anshum Sood, Naman Gupta & Anuhya Ghorakavi of Folsom High School took the 4th place award, earning them each a $500 cash prize.

To compete in San Jose, the Sacramento-area students first won at the regional science and engineering fair. They then joined more than 1,600 students from around the world to submit their projects at the Intel fair.

Professional Engineers in California Government, The California Association of Professional Scientists and Liberty Mutual were sponsors.

Click here for more about last week's Intel fair.

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