2018 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Results

The 2018 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was held in Pittsburgh, PA, from May 13-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This year, 1,793 students from 75 countries, regions and territories from all over the world participated in the prestigious event. On Wednesday, the students spent the entire day being interviewed by judges who are experts in their respective fields. It is a long and arduous day, but the students from Contra Costa County did exceptionally well and have made the entire region proud.

See below for a highlight of the three projects selected from the Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair and the students who participated in this life-changing event. 

“Using Penium margaritaceum to Investigate Cytokinesis Conservation”

Student: Yolanda Shen, senior at Dougherty Valley High School
Adult sponsor: Katherine Huang (teacher)

“Microplastics, Macro Problem: A Novel Technique to Remove Microplastics from Water Using a Modified Electrostatic Filter”

Student: Melanie Quan, freshman, Las Lomas High School
Adult sponsor: Maria Laws (teacher)

“Stop the Flame in its Infancy! Multivariable Early-Warning System for Low-Cost Prevention of Wildfire Proliferation”

Student: Vasily Tremsin, senior at Campolindo High School
Adult sponsor: Roxanna Jackman (teacher)

Background on the awards

There are two types of awards given to the winning students. The Special Awards are given by businesses or government agencies who are looking to recognize and reward student efforts in specific areas. The Category Awards are first place, second place, etc., in each category. Cash prizes also accompany these awards.

Here is a list of what our very bright and accomplished students from Contra Costa County were awarded.

Melanie Quan

Earth and Environmental Sciences Category
Third Place Award : $1,000 cash

Arizona State University: Intel ISEF Scholarship

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: The Patrick Hurd Sustainability Award

King Abdul-Aziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity: Water Research Technology: $1,000 cash


Arizona State University is pleased to offer a comprehensive scholarship combining a monetary award and an environment focusing on knowledge, learning and research. The New American University Intel ISEF Scholarship is renewable for four years, individuals and teams will be considered for these awards.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: From nanomaterials a billionth of a meter in size to global climate dynamics, EPA scientists and engineers are investigating every scale of our environment and the links between environment and human health.  EPA conducts research that addresses the highest priority science needs of the nation. The work performed by EPA scientists, engineers and their research partners improves the quality of the air we breathe, the water that sustains us, and the land upon which we live.

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and the environment. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is EPA's scientific research arm, and whose research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency.

The Patrick Hurd Sustainability Award winner will travel to EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to build a sustainable future by encouraging youth to search for creative means that pave the way toward developing technologies for renewable energy, thereby maintaining a sustainable future of energy. To achieve this goal, King Abdul-Aziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA) will award a Special Prize in the field of Water Technology at Intel ISEF. MAWHIBA is a national cultural foundation established to help develop a comprehensive environment of creativity in Saudi Arabia to enable gifted citizens from all areas to properly use their talents for prosperity of their country.

Vasily Tremsin

Earth and Environmental Sciences Category
Best in Category: $5,000
Additionally, $1,000 will be given to Campolindo High School and $1,000 will be given to the Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair.

First Place Award in Earth and Environmental Sciences Category: $3,000

ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives: $1,000

USAID Science for Development, Third Place Award: $2,000

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST): $1,200

American Meteorological Society: $2,000

Fair Director's Note: This was Vasily's fourth trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Out of 1,793 students who attended from around the world, Vasily was one of three students who had previously attended three times. This is quite an accomplishment!


ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are the result of a $27.5 million investment in Arizona State University's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability by the Walton Family Foundation. Within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators collaborate to deliver sustainability solutions, accelerate global impact, and inspire future leaders through eight distinct initiatives.


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the federal government agency responsible for administering foreign aid. USAID works to promote economic and social development in more than 100 countries around the world. The U.S. Global Development Lab works to accelerate the transformation of the development enterprise by opening development to people everywhere with good ideas, promoting new and deepening existing partnerships, bringing data and evidence to bear, and harnessing scientific and technological advances.


China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. Having developed science education programs, CAST supports youth and adolescents in becoming citizens with high scientific literacy. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students' work in all scientific disciplines.


The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is the nation's leading scientific and professional society advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.  Founded in 1919, the AMS has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students, and weather enthusiasts.  AMS offers numerous scholarships and fellowships to support students pursuing careers in the field.

Congratulations to our outstanding Contra Costa students!