Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

STEM Discovery Center

Next Competition: April 17-19, 2020

Local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Nelson Ying has partnered with Orlando Science Center since 1999 to celebrate local students’ exemplary achievements through the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. Students submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges and can earn up to $5,000, plus additional awards for their schools and teachers.


This competition is open to individual students in Grades 9-12. Projects can be classified into a wide range of STEM topics, but they always have one thing in common: the goal to help humanity through scientific research.

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email competitions@osc.org.

Application Deadline:
March 19, 2020


Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Resources

2019 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Results


Pooja Shah
Density-Dependent Signaling in the Model Eukaryote Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii


Pooja's research project created a quorum sensing model in green algae, which can lead to a better understanding of these organisms. Ultimately, her findings could help researchers to develop solutions to algae blooms, coral reef disease and threats to human health.


She has been researching in a plant physiology lab at Florida Institute of Technology since her freshman year. In addition to science, her interests include playing the violin, running cross country and playing basketball. Shah also coaches a special needs basketball team and hopes to combine her love of science research with her passion for helping others with a career in the medical field after college.


First Runner Up

Kyle Bramblett

Designing an Artificial Structure to Increase Oyster Shell Growth and Oyster Spat Settlement 


Kishen Mitra 

Organ-on-a-Chip System Using 3D Bioprinting for Detection of Cardiovascular Disease


Second Runner Up

Laboni Santra
A Minimally-invasive 3D-printed Microneedle Tool for Delivery of Therapeutics to Phloem


Alexander Carnes
Tracking Cyberbullying Utilizing an Originally Developed Key Phrase Identification Algorithm