2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Results

The 2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was held in Los Angeles from May 14-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year, 1,770 students from 78 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 three projects selected from the Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair to participate in this life-changing event. 

“Effect of the Wavelength of Exposed Light on the Rate of Growth of the Cyanobacteria Chroococcidiopsis and the Probability of Its Survival in a Martian Environment”

Students: Catherine Aitken and Dana Jian, freshmen at San Ramon Valley High School
Adult sponsor: Gillian Rhett (teacher)

“Less Water – More Food?: Real-Time Three-Dimensional Imaging of Soil Moisture Distribution for Intelligent Irrigation”

Student: Vasily Tremsin, junior at Campolindo High
Adult sponsor: Betty Watson (teacher)

“PrediMed: Predicting Health with a Custom-Built Machine Learning Ensemble”

Student: Alexander Zlokapa, senior, home school
Adult sponsor: Mary Ann Zlokapa (parent)

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.

Catherine Aitken and Dana Jian

University of Arizona Tuition Scholarship Award: $12,000

NASA Second place award: $750 cash prize



Recognized as a global leader, the University of Arizona is a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. UA will award scholarships to outstanding awardees who have demonstrated robust research for the greater good of society.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Founded in 1958, NASA drives advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of Earth.


Vasily Tremsin

Arizona State University Intel ISEF scholarship



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 Scholarship is renewable for four years, Individuals and teams will be considered for these awards.

Alexander Zlokapa

2nd place in Systems Software Category: $1,500 cash prize

GoDaddy Web Innovator Award: $1,500 cash Prize

REDDS Venture Investment Partners First prize: $5,000 cash prize



GoDaddy believes it has a responsibility to make a difference in the community. As part of that philosophy, GoDaddy contributes to nonprofit organizations that focus on causes meaningful to customers, employees and our community. 

Guided by the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals, REDDS Venture Investment Partners presents the Social Impact Through Technology award to the contestant who best combines disruptive innovation with positive social impact.

Congratulations to four outstanding Contra Costa students!