Team Canada-ISEF 2017 Announced

Sun, 2017-03-19 23:48 -- Reni Barlow


Seven of Canada’s top high school scientists have been selected by Youth Science Canada to represent the country at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) from May 14-19 in Los Angeles, California. Intel ISEF is the world championships of science fairs.

Team Canada-ISEF 2017 was selected by a distinguished panel of 20 university faculty, industry researchers, educators and Team Canada-ISEF alumni through a competitive national selection process that began in October and concluded today.

“We are always amazed by the quality of projects submitted for the Team Canada-ISEF selection process,” says Dr. Patrick Whippey, Selection Committee Chair. “The research and development work being done by these high school students is approximately at the Master's degree level, which speaks volumes about this country's future in science and technology.”

"Canada's top young scientists and engineers are truly world-class," says Reni Barlow, Managing Director of Youth Science Canada, the national charitable organization responsible for science fairs and the Team Canada-ISEF program. "Team Canada-ISEF members have won the US$75,000 top award at the event for the past two years, and last year's team of eight brought home a total of 14 awards - a remarkable achievement considering they were competing against 1,700 top students from over 75 countries."

This year’s team includes 1 Intel ISEF veteran and 6 newcomers - from Ontario and Saskatchewan. Team members include (left to right, top to bottom in photo):

  • Elias Andersen - Meaford, ON
    You're Out! An Electronic Baseball Umpire
  • Harkirat Bhullar - Saskatoon, SK
    Deep Learning for Autism Diagnosis: Insights into Genomic and Phenotypic Features
  • Marcus Deans - Windsor, ON
    Computational Discovery of Novel NS3 Protease Inhibitors of Zika Virus
  • Adam Martinez - Conestogo, ON
    The Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on the Ionic Silver Resistance Plasmid (pMG101)
  • Lucas Penny - Grimsby, ON
    A Novel Isothermal Microfluidic Device to Detect Salivary microRNAs in Breast Cancer
  • Melody Song - Saskatoon, SK
    Fabalous Molecular Markers: Preventing Favism by Identifying Faba Bean Mutants
  • Kayley Ting - Richmond Hill, ON
    Analysis of Electrodermal Activity to Quantify Stress Levels in Autism

Team Canada-ISEF is a program of Youth Science Canada and is generously supported by Intel of Canada.

About Youth Science Canada Since 1962, Youth Science Canada has been Canada's leading organization for the promotion of innovation and celebration of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among our nation's youth. A national, registered charitable organization, Youth Science Canada provides or partners in programs to increase awareness and involvement of youth in STEM and to engage, mentor and recognize Canada's young scientists. The not-for-profit also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national science, engineering and technology network of Canadian youth.

Media contact: Reni Barlow
416-341-0040 ext. 237
[email protected]