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
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.
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
or call 407.514.2112.
The third time was the charm for Brevard County's Zachary Loeb, a senior at Viera High School, who took home the top prize at the 16th annual Dr. Ying Science Competition. It was his third year in the contest and his first time winning the award.
He was awarded a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship, as well as $1,000 awards for his science teacher and school.
See photos and video from the awards ceremony held at Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney on Sunday, April 27.
Sam Brenner is currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Seminole High School in Seminole County, is ranked in the top one percent of his class and currently holds a weighted grade point average of 4.72, having never earned less than a grade of A.
Sam has many accomplishments including first place in the Southeast U.S. for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad; Mu Alpha Theta’s competition in Florida on the history of mathematics; the Orlando Regional Science Olympiad; the U.S. for the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation BYG Challenge; and Seminole State College’s Battle of the Brains as an individual competitor.
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.
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.