Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pak scientists honoured at int’l science competition…

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Islamabad—The Intel Foundation today announced top winners of the world’s largest pre-college science fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Tara Adiseshan, 14, of Charlottesville, Va.; Li Boynton, 17, of Houston; and Olivia Schwob, 16, of Boston were selected from 1,563 young scientists from 56 countries, regions and territories for their commitment to innovation and science. Each received a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation. Three students from Pakistan also participated in this prestigious international competition. Winners of the Intel National Science Olympiad, held early this year in Islamabad, who represented Pakistan were individual project winner Malik Usama from Pak Turk International School and College, Khairpur with his project ‘Waste water sewage treatment’ and Group project winners, Mohammad Naeem Khan, and Zaki Hussain from Sir Syed Science College, Rawalpindi with their project titled ‘Hovercraft.’
“The real end point of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is to elevate the recognition of achievement of the younger generation in academic and learning exercises,” said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. “I hope that more young people will look at these students and realize they can be recognized for using their brains. You don’t have to be a quarterback, a basketball player or a baseball player to be recognized by your peers and the public.” In addition to the three $50,000 top winners, more than 500 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair participants received scholarships and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Intel awards included 19 “Best of Category” winners who each received a $5,000 Intel scholarship and a new laptop powered by the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor. Intel also awarded a $1,000 grant to the winner’s school and the Intel ISEF-affiliated fair they represent.
Intel’s commitment to education extends far beyond the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Over the past decade alone, the company has invested more than $1 billion, and its employees have donated more than 2.5 million hours toward improving education in 50 countries.

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