The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 29, 2012
Union-sponsored students win in international competition

Winners from the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair, an event sponsored by state scientists and state engineers unions, took top awards at the week-long Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. The international competition was held in Pittsburgh, Penn. Around 1,500 students from 70 countries competed.

Two winners were from the Sacramento area. Shyamal Buch, a junior at Vista Del Lago High School, received first place honors in Energy and Transportation and was also awarded Best in Category for Energy and Transportation. He was given awards from the International Society for Optical Engineering and the Office of Naval Research on Behalf of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. His project, "Beyond the Nanostructure in Solar Cells," studied ways to make improved solar cells. 

Ryan Hsu, a junior at Davis Senior High School was given a scholarship from the American Society for Microbiology and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. His project, "DNA Based Identification of Airborne Fungal Population in Sacramento Area," looked at what types of fungal spores are in the Sacramento region's air.

Benjamin Jin, also a junior at Davis Senior High School and the second place winner at the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair, took part in the event as well.

Click here for more information about the Intel fair.

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