Three Beaverton students won 'Best of Category' awards at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

The three winners, each of whom received $5,000, were:

• Naomi Shah of Sunset High School claimed an award for her environmental science project "An Experimental Study of the Impact of Target Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions on Lung Health PLUS a Novel Risk Assessment Model to Predict their Effect on the Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) and the Development of a New VOC Adsorption Filter."

• Raghav Tripathi of Westview High School earned an award for his cellular and molecular biology project "Towards the Cure: Abnormal Protein Interactions Between Amyloid Beta and Tau as a Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer's Disease."

• Aishwarya Vardhana of Jesuit High School was honored for her mathematical sciences project "Small Geometric Progressions Modulo N for Deterministic Polynomial Selection."

This year, more than 1,500 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 446 affiliate fairs in about 70 countries, regions and territories. More than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Awards included 17 "Best of Category" winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner's school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

'We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we know that math and science are imperative to future global growth,' said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. 'This competition encourages millions of students to engage their skills for innovation and develop promising solutions for global challenges.'

The Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950, as the National Science Fair.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair includes some of the most promising, rising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

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