Science Competition

April 24-26, 2015 - High School Students

The Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition encourages students to help humanity through scientific research.  High-schoolers submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges to select five finalists.  Finalists are invited to participate in a three-day, expenses-paid event, concluded by an awards luncheon to announce the “Ying Prize” of $5,000 to the student, $1,000 to their teacher and $1,000 to their principal!

Every year for over a decade, Dr. Nelson Ying hosts this competition in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center. Ying is a philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur. He wants to inspire tomorrow's science leaders today, so he has worked with the Science Center to create this elite competition. This competition not only honors innovative student science research but also exemplary teens.

 

Dr. Ying Competition 2015 Information

Papers Due: 5:00 p.m. March 12, 2015
Finalists Notified: April 9, 2015
Competition Weekend: April 24 - 26, 2014

Submissions

New this year! Papers will be submitted through our DROPitTOme Account - simply click on the link and type in “ying” for the password. More detailed information on how to submit your papers is located here:  DROPitTOme Instructions.

 

Please download and return the necessary completed forms:
Application
Project Certification
Eligibility

Important: Once you have received a confirmation email, your project/paper is registered. If you have not received a confirmation email by Wednesday, March 25, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.

 

Kristen Clayton is a 15-year-old budding scientist at Viera High School in Brevard County. Her inspiration for research comes from her daily drive to school, where she sees first-hand the adverse effects of algae spilling out the parameters of the narrow canals that surround her. These images drove her to create an environmentally friendly solution to excessive algae growth. She discovered the usage of Lemna minor, a rapidly growing aquatic plant, in the removal of nitrogen and phosphate from the water to be used as ethanol fuel.

Her research project determines the ideal amount of nutrients needed for Lemna minor to both relieve the waterways as well as produce an efficient future fuel source. In the future, she hopes to further the study by testing Lemna minor’s ability to transfer its stored energy to an ethanol/gasoline run device. When she’s not in her lab coat Kristen finds joy in ballet dancing, reading, sketching, painting, volunteering and exploring the wonders of nature.

This weekend, Kristen and four other finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition at the Orlando Science Center. The Grand Prize winner receives a $5000 scholarship and an award of $1000 for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.  To compete in the Ying competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.

On Friday, April 29, Kristen and her fellow finalists will tour the Minute Maid Laboratories in Apopka and then see the UCF Nanotechnology Department. On Saturday, April 30, they will defend their research before the judges’ panel at the Orlando Science Center and then get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. On Sunday, May 1, the event will culminate in an announcement of the Grand Prize winners on Sunday at an awards luncheon at Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney.

Kristen Clayton


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Presenting 12th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students
April 29 - May 1, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - (April 18, 2011) - Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying, local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has partnered with the Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students. From April 29- May 1, five finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The Grand Prize winner also receives a $5000 scholarship and an award of $1000 for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.

To compete in the Ying competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.  Previous entries have investigated treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, faster delivery of mechanisms for medicine, and solutions for beach erosion, just to name a few. Projects reports are submitted and reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges, including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators and Dr. Ying himself.

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In 2009, Collin McAliley from Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School and James Brandenburg from Cocoa High School shared top honors at the 11th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition at the Orlando Science Center.

Typically, the grand prize will only go to one winner, but competition founder Dr. Nelson Ying and the judges panel felt both students were worthy of acclaim. The remaining three finalists all received $1,000 fellowships to continue their research over the next year. Rather than split the grand prize into two, Ying awarded James and Collin equal cash prizes of $5,000 each.

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