Science Competition

April 29 - May 1, 2016 - 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 who 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 top 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 2016 Information

Papers Due: 5:00 p.m. April 1. 2016
Finalists Notified: April 12, 2016
Competition Weekend: April 29 - May 1, 2016


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:
Project Certification
Guidelines For Papers

Important: Once you have received a confirmation email, your project/paper is registered. If you have not received a confirmation email by Friday, April 15. please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.


Sarah is a junior at Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Fla. Her favorite subjects include music, math and science. She plays guitar, piano and alto sax in her spare time and enjoys playing violin in the Satellite High School symphonic orchestra.  She also volunteers every week at the Satellite Beach Library and participates in beach cleanups. Sarah hopes to grow up to be an engineer.

Sarah is a straight ‘A’ student who has been competing and placing in science competitions since first grade. Last summer, she was chosen by NASA to spend two weeks at Virginia Tech as part of their Collegiate Experience Program. Recent accomplishments include: 2012 Second Place Senior Physics Florida State Science Fair; 2012 First Place Physics Orlando Science Challenge; Senior Physical Best in Show 2012 Brevard Intracoastal Regional Science & Engineering Fair; 2012 First Place Physics Brevard Intracoastal Regional Science & Engineering Fair; 2012 National Society of Professional Engineers Innovative Engineering Award; 2012 Best Presentation Senior Division Brevard Intracoastal Regional Science & Engineering Fair; and 2012 Naval Science Award. Additional accomplishments include 2011 Excellent Solo Brevard Solo Ensemble Competition and 2012 Superior Symphony Orchestra District Assessment.

Sarah also holds club memberships and affiliations with: NASA INSPIRE Online Learning Community; Satellite High Academic, Business Ethics, First Robotics (RoboScorps) and Math Teams; Beta Club; National Honor Society; Harry Potter Club; and Mu Alpha Theta. Sarah also serves as the president of Mu Alpha Theta.


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Nicholas Buoniconti is a junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orange County, Fla. Nicholas has a passion for science and the preservation of the earth and all its natural resources. For the past two years, Nicholas has had the privilege of conducting research at the NanoScience Technology Center at the University of Central Florida.

He has already received a Grand Prize award and cash prize at Dr. Nelson Ying Expo earlier this spring, and went on to receive third place at the State Science and Engineering Fair. Due to his success at these fairs, Nicholas looks forward to future appearances at international science fairs in Houston, Pittsburgh and New York. He also plans to continue his science research into his collegiate career.

In addition to his rigorous course schedule of honors and AP classes and research, Nicholas is a member of his school’s varsity basketball team, which achieved the title of state runner-up this year. Nicholas is also a member of his school’s Pre-Med Club, National Honors Society and Latin Honors Society. Nicholas enjoys the outdoors and spends time in the summer in the North Carolina mountains.

Nicholas’ research focuses on trying to radically improve the efficiency and cost of nanotransistors and nanodevices. In today’s green society, his research can cut wasted raw materials, increase device efficiency and conserve energy used to power these devices. It is Nicholas’ hope that someday his research can be utilized in every electronic device, providing the opportunity to conserve energy, cut costs and optimize our precious resources.

Nicholas looks forward to this opportunity to compete and is excited to share his informative research with other scientists.


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Michelle Chin is a junior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in Brevard County and is a member of the National Honor Society, All-Academic team, and Mu Alpha Theta.  She serves as the President of the National French Honor Society and is principal cellist in her school’s advanced chamber orchestra. Michelle’s interests outside of science include foreign languages and traveling.

Last summer, she won the Green Connection scholarship, sponsored by the French government, to study environmental protection in Paris and La Rochelle for two weeks. Michelle has developed a great passion for protecting the environment and after her trip, created a website ( to promote sustainable energy practices.

This year, she won the Best of Show award in the Biological Science category at the Brevard Mainland Regional Science Fair and will be competing at the 2012 Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh. In March 2012, Michelle was selected as one of five delegates to represent Florida at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Bethesda, Md.

Her research this year concentrates on genetic engineering, biotechnology and phytoremediation using organic and transgenic crops. Michelle studied how organic and genetically-engineered plants remove selenium pollutants by means of phytovolatilization. She hopes that her research can aid global efforts to improve chemical run-off conditions and eliminate environmental pollution.


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Neel Patel is a senior at Oviedo High School in Seminole County, Fla. and a dual enrollment student at the University of Central Florida. He has been involved in science research since sixth grade, winning multiple awards at the national and international levels. As lead author, he’s also published multiple research papers.

Outside of research, Neel enjoys participating in his school’s varsity swimming and varsity water polo teams, as well as surfing and enjoying Florida’s beaches. He is a member of a variety of service and academic clubs including Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Neel has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.


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