Science Competition

April 25-27, 2014 - 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 2014 Information

Papers Due: 5:00 p.m. March 21, 2014
Finalists Notified: April 8, 2014
Competition Weekend: April 25-27, 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 26, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.

 

Nikhil Patel is a ninth grade student at Oviedo High School in Seminole County and is a member of the Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. A science researcher since sixth grade, Nikhil is now a dual enrollment student at Seminole State College while also conducting research at the Synthetic Reality Lab at the University of Central Florida.

Nikhil was selected as one of the top 30 middle school science researchers in the country and competed in the Broadcom Masters competition in Washington, D.C. Nikhil is also a competitive fencer with the Stocatta Fencing Academy in Longwood, Fla.2014-ying-patel

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Catherine Li is a Junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orange County where she is involved in the ASPIRE Research Program, varsity volleyball, varsity track, Mu Alpha Theta and serves as president of both the Student Government Association and National Honor Society. She is inspired by scientific research and its potential to improve human conditions around the globe.

Over the past few years, Catherine has had the amazing opportunity of researching at the CREOL College of Optics and Photonics and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. With strong interest in biomedical engineering, Catherine’s project focuses on the development of a new method to synthesizing nanoparticles especially designed for drug delivery applications, with an ultimate goal of cancer treatment.

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Alexandra Gabrielski is a freshman at Viera High School in Brevard County. Since third grade, Alexandra has competed in science fairs and her projects have all focused on the environment.

Her current three-year project on algae biofuel demonstrates her commitment to sustainability. Alexandra has been fortunate to receive many awards for her science fair projects, including first place at regional, state and Orlando Science Center fairs as well as receiving multiple special awards.

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This weekend is the 16th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Zachary Loeb is a senior in the Business and Finance Academy at Viera High School in Melbourne, Fla. He has a strong interest in marine biology, green chemistry and finding solutions to prevent and eliminate chemical pollutants/contaminants that endanger the life in our lakes and waterways. For the past five years, Zachary has conducted research on endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC’s) and their effects on aquatic life. He was privileged to conduct his research at the Orange County Utilities Laboratory this year.

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