In July 2003, Mu Alpha Theta made a three-year commitment to support a special
"Mu Alpha Theta Award" at regional and international science fairs. In 2005, Mu Alpha
Theta renewed its committment and continues to support regional and international science fairs on an annual basis.
In addition, the organization provides up to $6000 in prizes each year
at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May and provides judges to the event as well.
The Mu Alpha Theta Award is given to the most challenging, thorough, and creative
investigation of a problem involving mathematics accesible to high school students.
Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof,
mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public,
is the world's largest pre-college science competition, and includes about 1,600 high school students from more
than 70 countries, regions and territories. Each year, the finalists showcase their independent research as they
compete for more than $4 million in awards. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair encourages
millions of students worldwide to explore their passion for innovation and develop solutions for global challenges.
Students are able to compete as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair after winning a top
prize from one of 454 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to presenting their
research on a global stage, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists will be judged by and interact
with doctoral level scientists as they compete for prizes.
Congratulations to our 2014 International Science Fair Award winners!
At the 2014 Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair, Mu Alpha Theta awarded the following monetary prizes:
- Nirali Kunjan Thakor of Shepton High School in Plano, TX won a $1500 prize for her project:
A Novel Mathematical Simulation to Study the Dynamics of CD4 Cells, CD8 Cells, and HIV Viral Load.
- Vinay Sridhar Iyengar of Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR won a $1500 prize for his project:
Hybridized Characteristic 3 Galois Field Arithmetic for Elliptic Curve Crytography, Phase III.
- Sarah Lee Shader of Laramie High School in Laramie, WY won a $1000 prize for her project:
Catalan Numbers and Their Divisibility Properties.
- Sasank Venkata Vishnubhatla of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY won a $1000 prize for his project:
Winning the War against Hackers: A Hybrid Asymmetric Cryptographic Algorithm for Safe and Secure Data.
- Noah Christian Pritt of Pritt Home School in Walkersville, MD won a $1000 prize for his project:
Indoor Navigation with Maximum Likelihood Classification of Wi-Fi Fingerprints.
Our 2013 International Science Fair Award winners: Vinay Sridhar Iyengar of Oregon Episcopal School in Portland,
OR won a $3000 prize for his project, Efficient Characteristic 3 Galois Field Operations for Elliptic Curve
Cryptographic Applications. Hannah Kerner Larson of South Eugene High School in Eugene, OR won a $2000 prize for
her project, Classification of Some Fusion Categories of Rank 4. Rishi Suvir Mirchandani of Fox Chapel Area High
School in Pittsburgh, PA won a $1000 prize for his project, Superadditivity and Subadditivity in Fair Division.
Our 2012 International Science Fair Award winners: Caroline Jacquline Shouraboura & Shanthi Shanmugam of Forest
Ridge School of the Sacred Hart in Bellevue, WA each won a $1000 prize for their project, Optimal Allocation of
Global Constrained Resources Using the Hyperbolic Voronoi Diagram. Aishwartya A. Vardhana of Jesuit High School
in Portland, OR won a $1250 prize for her project, Small Geometric Progressions Modulo N for Deterministic
Polynomial Selection. Markus Robert Woltjer of Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, OR won a $1250 prize for
his project, Graph Theory and Locality Sensitive Hashing for DICOM Image Analysis.
Our 2011 International Science Fair Award winners were: Matthew Russel Bauerle, Aishwarya Amanda Vardhana, and John Tilla Parish IV.
Matthew Russel Bauerle attended Bauerle Home School in Fenton, MI, and won a $1000 prize for his project, "Reformulating the Newton Direction Computation
as a Linear Least Squares Problem for Smoothed Overdetermined L1 Functionals." Aishwarya Amanda Vardhana attended Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, and won
a $1000 prize for her project, "A Novel Implementation of the Elliptic Curve Method, Stage 2: Using Weierstrass and Edwards Elliptic Curves for Faster
Factorization." John Tilla Parish IV attended a home school in Colorado Springs, CO, and won a $1000 prize for his project, "On the Verge of Where It Wasn't:
A Multiple Model Approach to Estimation and Tracking Using Extended Kalman Filtering and Intelligent Selection of Integrated Models."
Our 2010 Science Fair Award winners were: Kate Alexandra Geschwind, Jia Hao Xu, and Joshua William Pfeffer.
Kate attended Mayo High School in Rochester, MN, and won a $1000 prize for her project, "Explaining Wind Farm Output Using Regression Analysis."
Jia Hao Xu attended the High School Attached to Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and won a $1000 prize for his project, "Simulation Study of Stable Metro Braking with Real Time Closed-Loop System Based on Optimization Model."
Joshua attended North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, NY, and won a $1000 prize for his project, "Super Kohler-Ricci Flow."
Our 2009 Science Fair Award winners were: Michael Yan, Matthew Henry Stoffregen, Sameer Kirtikumar Deshpande, Jeffrey Chan and Alicia Zhang.
Michael attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ, and won a $1000 prize for his project, "Performance Improvement in Online Analytical
Processing." Matthew attended Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA and won a $1000 prize for his project, "An Analysis of Erdo’s Conjecture."
Sameer attended Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton, TX, Jeffrey attended William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX, and
Alicia attended the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School in Austin, TX. The three of them shared a $1020 prize for their project,
"Survival Analysis of Gene Expression Data Using a Hybrid Dimension."
Our 2008 Science Fair Award winners were: Samuel Irvin Kornicks, Akhil Mathew, and Kevin Hawkins
Samuel attended Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, FL and won for the second year in a row. His project was entitled: "Quantitative Evaluation of Cancer
Complexity, a Study of Fractal Morphometry, Year Two." Akhil attended Madison High School in Madison, NJ and his project was "Translation-Invariant Binary Representations."
Kevin attended Glen Oak High School in Canton, OH. His project was titled "Evolutionary Patterns in the Influenza A Hemagglutinin Protein
that Support Interspecies Transmission: A bioinformatics and computational Approach." Each won a certificate and a $1000 prize.
Our 2007 Science Fair Award winners were: Samuel Irvin Kornicks, Shinjini Bakshi, and John Imbrie-Moore.
All these winners are just finishing their Freshmen year in High School. Samuel attends Vero Beach
High School in Vero Beach, FL and his project was entitled: "Quantitative Evaluation of Cancer Cell
Complexity, a Study of Fractal Morphometry. Shijini attends Pennbrook Middle School in North Wales, PA
and her project was "Potential Pandemic: H5N1 Influenza, a Mathematical Study. John attends Charlottesville High School
in Virginia and his project was "Mathematical Modeling of the Speed of Evolution in Asexual Populations.
The 2006 Science Fair Award winners were: Justin Moore Solomon from Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Tech in Alexandria, VA and Michael Anthony Viscardi from Josan Academy in San Diego, CA.
Justin won for his projetct "Three-dimensional Face Recognition from Video:
Facial Surface Reconstruction and Analysis Using Tensor Algebra and Differential
Geometry." Michael won for his project entitled "Solution of the Dirichlet Problem with Rational Boundary Data."
The 2005 Science Fair Award winners were: Lasha Margishvili and
Chun-Ju Lai. Lasha is from the Georgian-American High School in Tbilisi, Georgia
Republic and his project was intitled "Diophantine Rectangular Parallelepiped."
Chun-Ju Lai, from the Taipei Municipal Chien-Kuo Senior High School in Taipei City,
Taiwan, won for his project intitled Car Parking Made Hard!
The 2004 Science Fair Award winner was: Andrew Lewis Matteson.
Andrew was a student of Samantha Usnick at Randall High School in Amarillo,
TX. Andrew's Project was entitled, "Generalizations of Schur's Problem and
the Search for S(5).