Four Hathaway Brown students spent May 14-19 in Los Angeles, where they competed in the Intel ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair), the largest pre-college science fair in the world. While they were there, Isha Lele '18 was awarded the Third Place Grand Award of $1,000 in the category of Materials Science, joining the ranks of only 15 HB students enrolled in the school's Science Research & Engineering Program in the past 19 years to win a Grand Award. Additionally, Isha and Ananya Kalahasti '17 were given special awards from the Naval Science Awards Program.
Students attending earned the right to compete at Intel ISEF 2017 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state, or national science fair. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes. The participating HB students won all expenses-paid trips to compete at ISEF as Finalists by advancing through the Hathaway Brown 19h Annual Poster Session judging in March:
Catherine Areklett, '17: Surface versus Bulk Chiral Orientation Effects in Liquid Crystals with Dr. Charles Rosenblatt at Case Western Reserve University
Ananya Kalahasti, '17: Presence of Plasmodium falciparum Gametocytes with Asymptomatic Malaria with Dr. Brian Grimberg at Case Western Reserve University
Isha Lele, '18: Investigating the Design of Nanoparticles to Target Difficult-to-Reach Tumor Sites with Dr. Efstathios Karathanasis at Case Western Reserve University
Maya Razmi, '18: Heteromultivalent Approaches to Clot-targeted Nanomedicine: Combination Targeting of Platelets and Fibrin with Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta at Case Western Reserve University
HB has been honored to award spots to ISEF each year based on the quantity and excellence of the science and engineering research being performed in partnership with Cleveland institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.