Science Fair

Mu Alpha Theta

Science Fair

Intel International Science and Engineering Fairs

Since 2003, Mu Alpha Theta has supported a special "Mu Alpha Theta Award" at regional and international science fairs on an annual basis. Additionally, we provide up to $6000 in prizes each year at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May as well as judges to the event.

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 compete as finalists 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 are judged by and interact with doctoral-level scientists as they compete for prizes.

International Science Fair Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 International Science Fair Award winners!


Pictured: 2016 International Science Fair Award winners with Tom Tosch

$1,500 First Place Winners:

  • Omer Siddiqui of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, MI for: The Arrangement Graph: A New Design for Computational Systems
  • Karthik Yegnesh of Methacton High School in Eagleville, PA for: Cosheaf Theoretical Constructions in Networks and Persistent Homology

$1,000 Second Place Winners:

  • Victoria Ge and Madison Lee of Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, FL for: Modeling Gene Transfer and Its Impact on Antibiotic Resistance
  • David Chang Luo of Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, LA for: A Tree Branch Path Solution to the Collate Conjecture
  • Arvid Krisha Ranganathan of Ecole Mondiale World School in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India for:  A Deterministic approach to the Position, Trajectory, and Collision Prediction of Particles within Bounded Two-Dimensional Environments.

Our 2015 International Science Fair Award winners:  Elya Courtney of Carmel Hill High School in Baton Rouge, LA won a $1500 prize her project: Tortoise or Hare? Improving Accuracy of Frequency, Amplitude, and Phase with Explicit Integration Rather than Fast Fourier Transforms.  Vishal Rajesh and Nisha Rajesh of Plano Senior High School in Plano, TX won a $1500 prize for their project: Mathematical Fire Fighting: Combating Fire with Delaunay Triangulation and Longitudinal-Reversible Cellular Automata. Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdulla of West Shore Junior-Senior High School in Melbourne, FL won a $1000 prize for his project: Deterministic and Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Chaotic Dynamics vs. Brownian Motion.  Swapnil Pande of Mills E. Godwin High School in Henrico, VA won a $1000 prize for his project: Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Cardiac Tissue Electrophysiology: Effect of Cardiac Deformation on Action Potential Duration.  Sahil Abbi and Arjun Kapoor of Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, NY won a $1000 prize for thier project: Generation via Embedding of Quasi-Optimal Networks for Application in High Performance Computing. 
Pictured: 2015 International Science Fair Award winners with Dr. James R. Bush   


Our 2014 International Science Fair Award winners: 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 Shaderof 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. 
Pictured: 2014 International Science Fair Award winners with Tom Tosch



Our2013 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.



Pictured: 2013 International Science Fair Award winners with Tom Tosch



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.

Pictured: 2012 International Science Fair Award winners with Dr. James R. Bush



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.

Our 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."

Our 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!

Our 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).

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2016-2017 Regional Science Fair Award Winners

  • Winner's Name: Kopylov Vadym
    Winner's School: Kherson physical technical lyceum Kherson city council under the Kherson national technical university and the Dnipropetrovsk national university
    School Location: Ukraine
    Title of Project: Partial bilinear basises 12,14-nodal square finite elements of mixed type
    Teacher: Nikolayenko Yuriy Ivanovych
    Fair: Intel-Techno Ukraine 2016-2017
  • Winner's Name: Tanya Otsetarova
    Winner's School: Model High School of Mathematics "Acad. Kiril Popov", Plovdiv
    School Location: Bulgaria
    Title of Project: Bijections between tilings with Walkup structures and different combinatorial objects.
    Teacher: Kristian Georgiev
    Fair: Bulgarian Science and Innovations Fair - Innofair
  • Winner's Name: Rishu Mohanka
    Winner's School: Suncoast Community High School
    School Location: Riviera Beach, FL
    Title of Project: A Novel Computational Method for Early Detection of Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attacks
    Teacher: Jeffery Lauter
    Fair: Palm Beach County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
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