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SAS Senior Wins Grand Award at International Science and Engineering Fair

July, 2012
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sas-kevin-scienceShanghai American School Puxi campus high school senior Kevin Xin won a 2nd place Grand Award at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and perhaps the premier global science competition for high school students. Kevin’s entry in the category of microbiology earned him a $1,500 prize and the honor of having an asteroid named after him. 

Kevin and Alan Chan, SAS Puxi campus high school science teacher (as advisor), joined four other students from Chengdu International School and the International School of Beijing as representatives to the annual ISEF, held this year from May 12-18th, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over 1,600 high school researchers from 66 countries were competing for top placings in their disciplines, as well as prizes and scholarships totaling over US$4 million.  

Kevin qualified to attend ISEF for a second year and continues a four-year run of SAS representation at ISEF as part of the successful Sichuan Region Team delegation of international schools of China. All members of the China delegation were Grand Award winners. The Chengdu team project earned a $1,000 third place Grand Award in the computer science category and an ISB student earned a $500 fourth place Grand Award in the behavioral science category.

ISEF is about more than award honors, however. At the awards ceremony, the organizer of the event and president of the Society for Science and the Public, Elizabeth Marincola, challenged the finalists to tell their stories of the importance of science in their lives, because those stories communicate the value of scientific research to the public. ISEF finalists are the next generation of leaders who will do the science research needed to help solve many of the world’s most vexing problems.

Kevin told his story of wanting to find practical uses for science research. His work with bacteria shows a promising direction for combating “superbug” infections that are resistant to treatment with conventional antibiotics. Kevin says, “All students can do science research, adding a piece of knowledge to the solution of a problem. For example, with determination and perseverance, SAS students can find research resources in hospitals and industry, even in Shanghai.”


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