2008 Science Fair Awards

Congratulations to all who participated in this years fair! This year’s event was the largest Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair ever. Thank you to all the Students, Parents, Teachers, Mentors, Volunteers, and Judges who put so much time and effort into this year's event. And, thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the event possible.

Below is a list of all award winners for SLVSEF 2008:

Award Name Name School Division Category Project Name
Air and Waste Management Association Kate Coursey West High Senior Animal Sciences Birth Control: The Unknown Effect
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Connie Zhong Skyline High School Senior Mathematical Sciences Block Me If You Can: The Effect of an Obstacle on the Efficiency of Search Patterns
Tobin Yehle West High Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering Parachute Recovery: The Weakest Link
Linden Hughes J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Earth & Planetary Science WAAS That Accurate?
Sam Floor Cottonwood Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Vortex Cannon - Using a Vortex Generator to Measure
American Meteorological Society Davis Unruh Whittier Elementary Elementary Plant Sciences Plant Absorption of CO2
Claire Prasad Dilworth Elementary Elementary Environmental Sciences The Greatest Snow On Earth!
American Psychological Association Chas Blakemore Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences The Power of Suggestion
American Society of Civil Engineers - Elementary Dominic Oliver Open Classroom Elementary Environmental Sciences Which Creek is the Dirtiest?
Haley Morgensen Northlake Elementary Elementary Chemistry You Should Know What's in Your Water!
Ethan Russo Gearld Wright Elementary Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Comparing the Strength of Different Bridge Designs
American Society of Civil Engineers - Junior Aubrey Dahl Northwest Middle School Junior Environmental Management Drown the Sound
Maureen Larkin Hillside Middle School Junior Environmental Sciences Oil in the Soil
Linden Hughes J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Earth & Planetary Science WAAS That Accurate?
American Society of Civil Engineers - Senior Daniel Hogan, Walker Stern & Miles Bennett West High Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering BridgeTender
Rowan Arave West High Senior Environmental Sciences Oil Contamination In Our Environment
Arash Tadjiki West High Senior Environmental Sciences Particulate Matter in a Home Environment
ASM Materials Education Foundation Tobin Yehle West High Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering Parachute Recovery: The Weakest Link
Association for Women Geoscientists Linden Hughes J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Earth & Planetary Science WAAS That Accurate?
Biology Department, University of Utah Mary Lovell Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Breathe In, Breathe Out: Athletes vs. Musicians
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association Ethan Russo Gearld Wright Elementary Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Comparing the Strength of Different Bridge Designs
Intel Excellence in Computer Science Kamala Ganesh West High Senior Computer Science The Effects of Sound Filtration on Speech Recognition
The Leonardo Matthew Wright Olympus High Senior Computer Science Rebas Light – Digital Movie Special Effects Software
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) Connie Zhong Skyline High School Senior Mathematical Sciences Block Me If You Can: The Effect of an Obstacle on the Efficiency of Search Patterns
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Kate Coursey West High Senior Animal Sciences Birth Control: The Unknown Effect
National Society of Professional Engineers Tony Martino J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Magnetically Lifted Vehicle vs. Wheeled Vehicle
Ricoh Sustainable Development Kyra McComas J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Environmental Sciences Biodiesel: Fuel for the Future?
Sentrx Animal Care Kate Coursey West High Senior Animal Sciences Birth Control: The Unknown Effect
Society for In Vitro Biology Oliver Jeong West High Senior Physics and Astronomy Temperature Dependent Diffusion Tensor Property of Porcine Cervical Spinal Cord Using MRI
Symantec Matthew Wright Olympus High Senior Computer Science Rebas Light – Digital Movie Special Effects Software
United States Air Force Connor Liston J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Batteries-Memory Effect and Voltage Depletion
Emily McIntosh Bonneville Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Parachutes; What a Drag!
David Kane Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Chemistry Efficiency of Water Electrolysis Using Alternating Current
Garrett Johnson Tooele Jr. High Junior Physics and Astronomy Paper Airplanes
United States Army Fred Long Tooele High School Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical What Is the Most Efficient Voltage for a Coilgun
Michael Jonaitis Juan Diego Catholic High Senior Computer Science To Catch A Predator
Cortney Jeffers Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences Are You Addicted? Cell Phone Usage in Teens and College Students
Sabrina Chapman & Alex McCorristin Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences Memory Recall: What Do You Remember?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mary Lovell Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Breathe In, Breathe Out: Athletes vs. Musicians
United States Metric Association Amanda Le Starge Churchill Jr. High Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical My Brother Joe Wants to Know
United States Navy and Marine Corps Kiffer Creveling Skyline High School Senior Physics and Astronomy Will Water Wheel Work?
Jake Trimble Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Bicycle Detection System For Automobiles
Jiyoun Ha Hillside Middle School Junior Chemistry Prohibited Meeting
Kennedy Reiter Kearns - St. Ann Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Does Music Affect Your Mood?
Elisabeth Barrows J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Environmental Sciences Global Warming's Affect on Sub-Arctic Ecosystems
Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Connie Zhong Skyline High School Senior Mathematical Sciences Block Me If You Can: The Effect of an Obstacle on the Efficiency of Search Patterns
Hansi Kiessner Churchill Jr. High Junior Energy & Transportation Here Comes The Sun
Utah Department of Natural Resources Kaylee Nelson Hillside Middle School Junior Environmental Sciences To Burn or Not To Burn
Utah Department of Transportation Aubrey Dahl Northwest Middle School Junior Environmental Management Drown the Sound
Kyra McComas J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Environmental Sciences Biodiesel: Fuel for the Future?
Ethan Russo Gearld Wright Elementary Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Comparing the Strength of Different Bridge Designs
Alicia Dibble Morningside Elementary Elementary Medicine & Health Sciences Press That Pedal!
Utah Science Center Mary Lovell Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Breathe In, Breathe Out: Athletes vs. Musicians
Water Environment Federation Kate Coursey West High Senior Animal Sciences Birth Control: The Unknown Effect
Rowan Arave West High Senior Environmental Sciences Oil Contamination In Our Environment
XMission Michael Jonaitis Juan Diego Catholic High Senior Computer Science To Catch A Predator
Yale Science and Engineering Association Oliver Jeong West High Senior Physics and Astronomy Temperature Dependent Diffusion Tensor Property of Porcine Cervical Spinal Cord Using MRI
SLVSEF Awards
Elementary
Animal Sciences - First Estefania Bocanegra Rose Park Elemetary Elementary Animal Sciences Red Worms as Bright as Lightning and as Dark as Mud.
Behavioral & Social Sciences - First Brianna Lewis Hawthorne Elementary Elementary Behavioral & Social Sciences VARK
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Second Kaitlyn Turner Copper Canyon Elementary Elementary Behavioral & Social Sciences Distraction Reaction - The Effects of Multitasking on School Work Performance
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Third Jenna Rasmussen & Sydney Steele Dilworth Elementary Elementary Behavioral & Social Sciences Double Tasking
Cellular and Molecular Biology - First Mackenzie Blundell Copper Hills Elementary Elementary Cellular and Molecular Biology Extracting DNA
Chemistry - First Artemis Sefandonakis Saint Sophia Elementary Chemistry Which Detergent Cleans Stains from Cotton More Effectively?
Chemistry - Second Jacob Kenison Middle Canyon Elementary Elementary Chemistry What Most Affects the Speed At Which Ice Melts?
Chemistry - Third Emily Funk Mill Creek Elementary Elementary Chemistry pH of Various Fruit Juices
Earth & Planetary Science - First Abigail Peterson Monticello Academy Elementary Earth & Planetary Science Quicksand and Its Buoyancy
Earth & Planetary Science - Second Eric LeMoine Whittier Elementary Elementary Earth & Planetary Science How Dense Is The Incredible Egg?
Earth & Planetary Science - Third Stephanie Richards Ensign Elementary Elementary Earth & Planetary Science Sound Through Water
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - First Ethan Russo Gearld Wright Elementary Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Comparing the Strength of Different Bridge Designs
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Second Riley Warfield Monticello Academy Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical How Much Electricity Can You Derive From Citrus Fruits
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Third Byron Melville Indian Hills Elementary Elementary Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Fox-Hole Radio
Energy & Transportation - First Katherine Hales Morningside Elementary Elementary Energy & Transportation Piezo - A Wave of the Future
Energy & Transportation - Second Sam Zachary Morningside Elementary Elementary Energy & Transportation Tour de Light
Energy & Transportation - Third Tony Sesek Open Classroom Elementary Energy & Transportation Magnifying the Power of the Sun
Environmental Management - First Josephine Hansen Jeremy Ranch Elementary Elementary Environmental Management Heat Reflection and Absorption with Different Types of Roofing
Environmental Sciences - First Duke Dunham Eastwood Elementary Elementary Environmental Sciences Passive Solar Design
Environmental Sciences - Second Kelsey Ross Smith Elementary Elementary Environmental Sciences A Hot Topic
Environmental Sciences - Third Wyatt Mackey Indian Hills Elementary Elementary Environmental Sciences Balloon Releases: Environmental Friend or Foe
Medicine & Health Sciences - First Alicia Dibble Morningside Elementary Elementary Medicine & Health Sciences Press That Pedal!
Medicine & Health Sciences - Second Andrew Price Twin Peaks Elementary Elementary Medicine & Health Sciences Does My Body Produce More Carbon Dioxide During Exercise?
Medicine & Health Sciences - Third Savannah Condie Academy Park Elementary Elementary Medicine & Health Sciences Dental Destruction
Microbiology - First Mirae Parker East Elementary Elementary Microbiology The Effect of Direct Sunlight on the Growth of Microorganisms
Microbiology - Second Maya Wheeler Hawthorne Elementary Elementary Microbiology Who Do You Share Your Home With?
Microbiology - Third Guy Eroh Jeremy Ranch Elementary Elementary Microbiology Medicine Molds
Physics and Astronomy - First Zerina Ocanovic Meadowlark Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Fruit Battery
Physics and Astronomy - Second Anderson Chang Oakridge Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Static Shock
Physics and Astronomy - Third Melissa Ivie Entheos Expeditionary Learning Elementary Physics and Astronomy Electric Attraction
Plant Sciences - First Davis Unruh Whittier Elementary Elementary Plant Sciences Plant Absorption of CO2
Plant Sciences - Second Alexis McMillan Monticello Academy Elementary Plant Sciences How Liquid Affects Roses
Plant Sciences - Third Abi Shino Monticello Academy Elementary Plant Sciences Flower Power
Junior
Animal Sciences - First Henry Hayes Open Classroom Junior Animal Sciences Raw vs. Blah--If You Were a Dog What Would You Choose?
Animal Sciences - Second Haylee Burr Beehive Science & Technology Academy Junior Animal Sciences Smells Like Mouse Spirit
Behavioral & Social Sciences - First Amelia Weixler Bryant Middle Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Is a Picture Really Worth 1,000 Words?
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Second McKinley Benson Tooele Jr. High Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Eyewitness Statements: Age and Accuracy
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Third Kylee Jones Beehive Science & Technology Academy Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Eye Remember, Do You?
Biochemistry - First Jamie Linton Monticello Academy Junior Biochemistry What Sugar Generates the Most CO2
Cellular and Molecular Biology - First Katie McMahon Kearns - St. Ann Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology Do Children Taste Bitterness Like Adults?
Cellular and Molecular Biology - Second Alexandra Smith Entheos Expeditionary Learning Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology How Do Microwaves Affect DNA?
Chemistry - First Tommy Jacobsen Hillside Middle School Junior Chemistry Salt vs. Fresh
Chemistry - Second Lauren Vanderhooft Churchill Jr. High Junior Chemistry A "Pinch" or a "Dash" - Is It Really Enough?
Chemistry - Third Cierra Manley Entheos Expeditionary Learning Junior Chemistry Kitchen Rockets
Earth & Planetary Science - First Daniel Newbold Wasatch Jr. High Junior Earth & Planetary Science Utah's Largest Teenager?
Earth & Planetary Science - Second Linden Hughes J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Earth & Planetary Science WAAS That Accurate?
Earth & Planetary Science - Third Nathan Hogan & Matthew Hogan Hillside Middle School Junior Earth & Planetary Science Life in Limestone
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - First Connor Liston J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Batteries-Memory Effect and Voltage Depletion
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Second Hayes Hicken Hillside Middle School Junior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Fore!
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Third Eric Larson J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Does the Center of Gravity of a Lacrosse Stick Affect the Speed of the Lacrosse Shot?
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering - First Duncan Bagley Wasatch Jr. High Junior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering Styrene Static
Energy & Transportation - First Hansi Kiessner Churchill Jr. High Junior Energy & Transportation Here Comes The Sun
Energy & Transportation - Second Jonathan Rainwater Kearns - St. Ann Junior Energy & Transportation Alternative Energy Sources
Energy & Transportation - Third Danial Ebling Beehive Science & Technology Academy Junior Energy & Transportation What Kind of Gasoline Is Worth Your Money?
Environmental Management - First Carlee Schmidt Hillside Middle School Junior Environmental Management Compost: A Better Cup of Dirt
Environmental Management - Second Aubrey Dahl Northwest Middle School Junior Environmental Management Drown the Sound
Environmental Management - Third Patti Keene Wasatch Jr. High Junior Environmental Management Bio-Fire Resistance
Environmental Sciences - First Kyra McComas J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Environmental Sciences Biodiesel: Fuel for the Future?
Environmental Sciences - Second Kaylee Nelson Hillside Middle School Junior Environmental Sciences To Burn or Not To Burn
Environmental Sciences - Third Tasha Heilweil Wasatch Jr. High Junior Environmental Sciences Temperature in the Trees
Mathematical Sciences - First Magali Gomez & Olimpia Bonilla Northwest Middle School Junior Mathematical Sciences Balance Your Mind
Mathematical Sciences - Second Christian Mickelsen Beehive Science & Technology Academy Junior Mathematical Sciences Utah Jazz Playoffs Odds
Medicine & Health Sciences - First Peter Searle & James Searle Olympus Jr. High Junior Medicine & Health Sciences Acid Battle - Comparing the Strength of Antacids
Medicine & Health Sciences - Second Sierra Pond J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Medicine & Health Sciences Are You Nuts
Medicine & Health Sciences - Third Annika Smith Monticello Academy Junior Medicine & Health Sciences You Can't Stop the Beat
Physics and Astronomy - First Hannah Barton & Gregory Barton Hillside Middle School Junior Physics and Astronomy Energetic Electromagnets
Physics and Astronomy - Second Adam Lambert Grantsville Jr. High Junior Physics and Astronomy Rockets - The Gateway to the Future
Physics and Astronomy - Third Hannah Frazier Clark Johnson Jr. High Junior Physics and Astronomy Music in a Bottle
Plant Sciences - First Charlotte Duerden & Haylee Armstong Hillside Middle School Junior Plant Sciences May The Magnetic Force Be With You
Plant Sciences - Second Sarah Villareal J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Plant Sciences Will It Grow?
Plant Sciences - Third Noorah Al-Fraywan Beehive Science & Technology Academy Junior Plant Sciences Which Type of Music do Plants Like Best?
Senior
Animal Sciences - First Kate Coursey West High Senior Animal Sciences Birth Control: The Unknown Effect
Behavioral & Social Sciences - First Chas Blakemore Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences The Power of Suggestion
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Second Cesia Dominguez Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences Birth Order and Personality
Behavioral & Social Sciences - Third David Walton Churchill Jr. High Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences Does Playing Video Games Affect Reaction Time?
Biochemistry - First Raiyan Khan West High Senior Biochemistry The Effect of Temperature on Vitamin C Levels in Citrus Fruits
Chemistry - First David Kane Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Chemistry Efficiency of Water Electrolysis Using Alternating Current
Computer Science - First Kamala Ganesh West High Senior Computer Science The Effects of Sound Filtration on Speech Recognition
Computer Science - Second Matthew Wright Olympus High Senior Computer Science Rebas Light – Digital Movie Special Effects Software
Computer Science - Third Trevor Tanner Olympus High Senior Computer Science One Card
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - First Jake Trimble Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Bicycle Detection System For Automobiles
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Second Amanda Le Starge Churchill Jr. High Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical My Brother Joe Wants to Know
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical - Third Nathan Hansen Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical Find-It Remote Controller
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering - First Maia Bromley-Dulfano Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering The Active Mind
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering - Second Tobin Yehle West High Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering Parachute Recovery: The Weakest Link
Environmental Sciences - First Rowan Arave West High Senior Environmental Sciences Oil Contamination In Our Environment
Mathematical Sciences - First Connie Zhong Skyline High School Senior Mathematical Sciences Block Me If You Can: The Effect of an Obstacle on the Efficiency of Search Patterns
Mathematical Sciences - Second Andrew Cobb Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Mathematical Sciences Watermarking and Metadata
Medicine & Health Sciences - First Mary Lovell Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Breathe In, Breathe Out: Athletes vs. Musicians
Medicine & Health Sciences - Second Sarah Niitsuma Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Is There a Drought in Your Mouth?
Medicine & Health Sciences - Third Soyoung Kim West High Senior Medicine & Health Sciences Your Teeth: What Will You Use To Clean Yours?
Microbiology - First Lori Kim West High Senior Microbiology Susceptibility of Acne Bacteria to Pomegranate
Microbiology - Second Theo Samore West High Senior Microbiology Bacterial Resistance to Antiseptics
Microbiology - Third Robert Prestgard-Duke West High Senior Microbiology The Effect of Salt on Yogurt Bacteria
Physics and Astronomy - First Oliver Jeong West High Senior Physics and Astronomy Temperature Dependent Diffusion Tensor Property of Porcine Cervical Spinal Cord Using MRI
Physics and Astronomy - Second Kiffer Creveling Skyline High School Senior Physics and Astronomy Will Water Wheel Work?
Physics and Astronomy - Third Olivia Hu West High Senior Physics and Astronomy Musical Glass
Plant Sciences - First Nicole Holbrook West High Senior Plant Sciences Smokey Plants
Senior Team Winners
Team Lynee Ritchie & Katharine Christilaw Academy of Math, Science and Engineering Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences A Visual Approach To Learning
Team Daniel Hogan, Walker Stern & Miles Bennett West High Senior Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering BridgeTender
Team Evan Clark & Scotty Fleming West High Senior Mathematical Sciences Mathematically Predicting and Optimizing the Power Output of a Magnet/Wire Coil System
Grand Awards
Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge/SSP Middle School Program Alicia Dibble Morningside Elementary Elementary Medicine & Health Sciences Press That Pedal!
Katherine Hales Morningside Elementary Elementary Energy & Transportation Piezo - A Wave of the Future
Carlee Schmidt Hillside Middle School Junior Environmental Management Compost: A Better Cup of Dirt
Artemis Sefandonakis Saint Sophia Elementary Chemistry Which Detergent Cleans Stains from Cotton More Effectively?
Amelia Weixler Bryant Middle Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Is a Picture Really Worth 1,000 Words?
Duke Dunham Eastwood Elementary Elementary Environmental Sciences Passive Solar Design
Kyra McComas J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Environmental Sciences Biodiesel: Fuel for the Future?
Peter Searle & James Searle Olympus Jr. High Junior Medicine & Health Sciences Acid Battle - Comparing the Strength of Antacids
Sam Zachary Morningside Elementary Elementary Energy & Transportation Tour de Light
Brianna Lewis Hawthorne Elementary Elementary Behavioral & Social Sciences VARK
Hansi Kiessner Churchill Jr. High Junior Energy & Transportation Here Comes The Sun
Charlotte Duerden & Haylee Armstong Hillside Middle School Junior Plant Sciences May The Magnetic Force Be With You
Jacob Kenison Middle Canyon Elementary Elementary Chemistry What Most Affects the Speed At Which Ice Melts?
Zerina Ocanovic Meadowlark Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Fruit Battery
Sarah Villareal J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Junior Plant Sciences Will It Grow?
Emily Funk Mill Creek Elementary Elementary Chemistry pH of Various Fruit Juices
Anderson Chang Oakridge Elementary Elementary Physics and Astronomy Static Shock
Intel ISEF Grand Champion Winners
Team Evan Clark & Scotty Fleming West High Senior Mathematical Sciences Mathematically Predicting and Optimizing the Power Output of a Magnet/Wire Coil System
Individual Oliver Jeong West High Senior Physics and Astronomy Temperature Dependent Diffusion Tensor Property of Porcine Cervical Spinal Cord Using MRI
Individual Connie Zhong Skyline High School Senior Mathematical Sciences Block Me If You Can: The Effect of an Obstacle on the Efficiency of Search Patterns