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
Please download and return the necessary completed forms:
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.
28 April 2011
Dr. Ying Competition
Deepak Sathyanarayan is a senior at Volusia County’s Spruce Creek High School with a passion for sharing, protecting and cherishing the Earth. His entry in this year’s Dr. Ying Science Competition aims to improve plant defense mechanisms through artificially induced genetic modifications. These efforts would prevent harmful and naturally occurring mutations. His goal is to reduce our carbon footprint while relieving food shortages.
Deepak is also a participant in the International Baccalaureate Program, vice president of his school’s student government association, and team leader for the Students for Environmental Sustainability organization. He has consistently placed high in the Volusia County Science Fair, receiving 1st place every year from 2005 through 2011, excluding 2009. In 2007, Deepak won the Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision Award. His collaborative study “a high-throughput method for isolation of salicylic acid metabolic mutants” was published in Plant Methods in September 2010.
27 April 2011
Dr. Ying Competition
Collin currently attends Cocoa Beach High School in Brevard County and is anything but your typical high school senior. Participating in the International Baccalaureate Program, Collin has had the opportunity to do and present scientific research since his middle school days. As a Melbourne Beach resident, he developed a love for the ocean and that love has inspired the research that he has entered in this year’s Dr. Ying Science Competition.
His entry focuses on research into karenia brevis, the organism responsible for the Florida red tide. He has investigated and invented a new, simple and inexpensive method of detection for the most harmful brevetoxin in the red tides, PbTx-3. His ultimate goal is to stop the damage to our ecosystem from these harmful red tides. If successful, he could one day save millions of species of marine life plus positively impact Florida’s fishing and tourism industries.
Collin has won numerous awards for past research, including the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge’s “Planet Green” Award in 2007 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award in 2009. He received a scholarship from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and in 2010 he completed an internship during the summer with the NOAA Center for Costal Environmental Health and Bimolecular Research in Charleston, NC. Collin won the Ying Competition in 2009 and 2010, and is looking forward to another exciting competitive experience.
26 April 2011
Dr. Ying Competition
"My whole my life, I was raised in a household with a mom who always pushed me to do my absolute best. For the majority of my elder years my dad hasn’t lived with us, and my mom has reared me by herself. I have always had a dog in my house, so naturally I’m a dog lover. I have a huge heart for animals and people alike and I always find myself going out of my way to help, even if it’s something little.
I’m very frugal with money, but I love to make people smile so in-turn small bills get turned into gifts all too frequently. I’ve always been the friend in the group that keeps us smiling, and in the same sense I’ve been the friend that pushes the group to stay on the right road. I personally have seen too many good friends go down the wrong road and end up ruining their lives. On many occasions you can catch me having a talk with a buddy and hopefully guiding them in a better direction. As a kid, I’m extremely outgoing and friendly. I will always be the first one to spark conversation and I can’t stand people that are stand-offish.
On an academic and school level, I have always associated myself with honors students and student athletes. I’m in-fact a multiple sport athlete competing in golf, football, weightlifting, baseball, and basketball. I spread myself among a lot of high school “cliques” because of how many things I participate with. Science and science fair have always been a passion of mine. Since middle school I have been in all honors courses and multiple extracurricular activities. Starting in 5th grade I have participated and won something in both math field day and Science fair. My 8th grade year my science fair project placed 1st in the state. My freshman year I placed 2nd in the international science fair. As you can see I’m extremely dedicated and passionate in the science field.
During my junior year I started taking more dual enrollment courses and minimizing my elective classes, in order to rise in the class ranks. I’ve since moved from rank 22 to number three. I also wanted to be more active in my school so I am Class president, vice president of the law academy, marketing director of the future business leaders of America, science club president, student council member, and National Honors Society member. I am a very hard worker, and loyal person. I do everything in my ability to live up to and exceed my own and my mentor’s expectations."
25 April 2011
Dr. Ying Competition
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.