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.

 

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 (www.greensanctuary360.com) 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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Zachary Loeb is a sophomore enrolled in the Cambridge University program at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla. He has conducted research on endocrine disrupting compounds and their effects on the aquatic environment for the past three years. Zachary has a strong interest in marine biology, green chemistry and finding solutions to prevent and eliminate pollutants that contaminate the environment.

Zachary has presented his research to increase awareness of the critical issue of EDCs at regional, state and international competitions and has received numerous awards.

In addition to science, Zachary enjoys studying history and business as well as fishing, baseball and varsity swimming. It is Zachary’s goal after college to create a business providing and applying solutions for the prevention and elimination of pollution.

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High School Freshman Takes Home Top Science Prize

15 Year-Old Whiz Kid Wins 13th Annual Orlando Science Center Competition

Orlando, FL - May 1, 2011 - Kristen Clayton, a 15 year-old freshman from Brevard County’s Viera High School and a first time participant in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition took home the top prize during the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 1. Clayton takes home a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards each for her science teacher and her school. For more than a decade, Philanthropist, Scientist and Entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has hosted this competition in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens.

Clayton’s research concerns a rapidly growing aquatic plant named Lemna minor and its potential for use in the production of ethanol fuel. Her work allows the plant to absorb large amount of phosphates and nitrates from the water, which helps reduce algae growth while allowing the plant to attain its maximum starch content. This result makes Lemna minor ideal feedstock for ethanol production.

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