Registration for DMRSEF Opens on November 30th!


Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Colorado Denver

February 16 & 18, 2018 

No late registration-no exceptions!
$35 per person/team member if registered by 1.03.18
$45 per person/team member by 1.17.18


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2017 Intel ISEF Winners

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  • Cassandra Blew (Walsenberg)
    • 4th place in Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Seth Young (Colorado Springs)
    • 4th place in Microbiology
    • Seth was 5th place overall at CSEF
  • Jay Chandra (Fort Collins)
    • 4th place in Energy: Chemical
    • scholarship to Arizona State University
  • Hari Sowrirajan (Aurora)
    • 3rd place in Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Isani Singh (Aurora)
    • 2nd place in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    • Isani was 1st place overall at CSEF
    • $500 from American Statistical Association
  • Isabella Bowland (Boulder)
    • 1st place & Top of Category in Biomedical Engineering
  • Kyle Fridberg (Boulder)
    • 1st place & Top of Category in Chemistry
    • $750 from US Air Force
    • $4000 from American Chemical Society
    • Trip to India
  • Elliott Gorokhovsky (Boulder)
    • 1st place in System Software
    • Elliot was 2nd place overall at CSEF
    • $1000 from Association for Computing Machinery
    • Travel & participation in the “Web Valley” summer school in Trenton, Italy
  • Isaac Jordan (Ignacio)
    • $2,500 from Society for Experimental Mechanics
    • Honorable mention from NASA
  • Michelle Kummel (Colorado Springs)
    • Honorable mention from American Meteorological Society
  • Aubrey Berger (Aurora)
    • $250 from American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Aubrey was 4th place overall at CSEF
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2017 Science Fair Winners

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The following are the 2017 Denver Metro Regional Science & Engineering Fair winners :

Best in Show – Senior

  • 1st:  Hari Sowrirajan
  • 2nd:  Gabrielle Barreto
  • 3rd:  Aubrey Berger

Best in Show – Junior

  • 1st:  Nathan Panzer
  • 2nd:  Erin Smith
  • 3rd:  Christopher Moser


Animal Science – Junior

  • 1st:  Elishevlyne Eliason
  • 2nd:  Michael Erwin & Carter Larsen

Animal Science – Senior

  • 1st: Felix Channiago
  • 2nd: Riley Russell & Anand Chundi

Behavioral Sciences – Junior

  • 1st: Ilana Jacobs   /   Isabel Cleveland & Scarlett Prather
  • 2nd: Ella Eichberg & Khaki Sawyer   /   Sophie Scholl
  • 3rd: Chloe Chavez   /   Tia Seniw

Behavioral Sciences – Senior

  • 1st: Ibrohim Nosiroy
  • 2nd: Tyler Giallanza & Andrew Ying
  • 3rd: Daniel Friedman

Biological Sciences – Junior

  • 1st: Maya Monks & Annika Reeder-Holman
  • 2nd: Grace Evans
  • 3rd: Calvin Oh

Biological Sciences – Senior

  • 1st: Avi Swartz

Chemistry – Juniors

  • 1st: Grace Valentine   /   Brooklin Wyatt
  • 2nd: Jalen Sisneros   /   Alexandra May
  • 3rd: Madison Truong   /   Aku Unyu

Chemistry – Senior

  • 1st: Joshua Chapman

Computer Science – Junior

  • 1st: Grace Zhang
  • 2nd: Shreyas Sriram

Computer Science – Senior

  • 1st: Colin Burdine
  • 2nd: Daniel Zamoshchin

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Junior

  • 1st: Josh Miller
  • 2nd: Rewa Raizada
  • 3rd: Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Senior

  • 1st: Gabrielle Barreto
  • 2nd: McKinley Dirks & Alexandrea Rivera

Energy – Junior

  • 1st: Juno Gregg
  • 2nd: Alex Tseng
  • 3rd: Milan Hancock

Energy – Senior

  • 1st: Daniel Orbidan & Ethan Simpson

Engineering – Junior

  • 1st: Santiago Castillo   /   Nazeeya Bathhef
  • 2nd: Nikhila Narayana   /   Esha Sury
  • 3rd: Jaden Behringer   /   Vishwah Jaine & Jake Sheykhet

Engineering – Senior

  • 1st: Aubrey Berger
  • 2nd: Krithik Ramesh
  • 3rd: Amy Nguyen & Katherine Tran

Materials Science – Junior

  • 1st: Tyler Burt
  • 2nd: Teresa McManus
  • 3rd: Jenavin Wazwaz

Materials Science – Senior

  • 1st: Peyton Leyendecker

Medicine & Health Science – Junior

  • 1st: Nathan Panzer
  • 2nd: Lauren Linnebur & Malayne Perry
  • 3rd: Sadie Callahan

Medicine & Health Science – Senior

  • 1st: Hari Sowrirajan
  • 2nd: Isani Singh
  • 3rd: Anila Narayana

Microbiology – Junior

  • 1st: Erin Smith
  • 2nd: Jocelynn King

Microbiology – Senior

  • 1st:  Margaret McSpadden

Physics & Astronomy – Junior

  • 1st:  Christopher Moser
  • 2nd:  Matthew Anderson
  • 3rd:  Bridget Ronning

Physics & Astronomy – Senior

  • 1st:  Scott Clousing

Plant Sciences – Junior

  • 1st:  Senna Aldoubosh
  • 2nd:  Rachel Odle
  • 3rd:  Sarah Bian

Plant Sciences – Senior

  • 1st:  Maria Reeves
  • 2nd:  Karry Pileggi

Social Sciences – Junior

  • 1st:  Kennedy Dechant
  • 2nd:  Ethan Shoop

Social Sciences – Senior

  • 1st:  Edwin Bodoni & Evelyn Bodoni


  • City of Aurora Water Project Certificate of Excellence
    • Deanna Cusick, North Middle School
    • RyAnn Nelson-Jiyesimi, Vista Peak Exploratory
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science Teacher Award
    • Amal Atwah, Crescent View Academy
    • Iyad Wazwaz, Crescent View Academy
    • Padma Hancock, Meowl Academy
  • Resource Area for Teaching Colorado Long-term Teacher Award
    • Ethan Dusto, Cherry Creek High School
    • John Wiley, Challenge School
    • Lorry Getz, Liberty Middle School
  • Resource Area for Teaching Colorado New Fair Teacher Award
    • Tricia Logan, Coal Creek Canyon

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair Nominees

  • Junior Animal Science
    • Elishevlyne Eliason
    • Michael Erwin / Carter Larsen
  • Junior Biological Sciences
    • Maya Monks / Annika Reeder-Holman
    • Grace Even
  • Junior Behavioral Sciences
    • Ilana Jacobs
    • Isabel Cleveland / Scarlett Prather
  • Junior Chemistry
    • Grace Valentine
    • Brooklin Wyatt
  • Junior Computer Science
    • Grace Zhang
    • Shreyas Sriram
  • Junior Energy
    • Juno Gregg
    • Alex Tseng
  • Junior Engineering
    • Santiago Castillo
    • Nazeeya Bathhef
  • Junior Earth & Environmental Sciences
    • Rewa Raizada
    • Josh Miller
  • Junior Medicine & Health Science
    • Nathan Panzar
    • Lauren Linnebur / Malayne Perry
  • Junior Microbiology
    • Erin Smith
    • Jocelynn King
  • Junior Materials Science
    • Tyler Burt
    • Teresa McManus
  • Junior Physics & Astronomy
    • Christopher Moser
    • Matthew Anderson
  • Junior Plant Sciences
    • Senna Aldoubosh
    • Ethan Shoop
  • Senior Animal Science
    • Felix Channiago
    • Anand Chundi / Riley Russell
  • Senior Biological Sciences
    • Avi Swartz
  • Senior Behavioral Sciences
    • Ibrohim Nosirov
    • Tyler Giallanza / Andrew Ying
    • Daniel Friedman
  • Senior Chemistry
    • Joshua Chapman
  • Senior Computer Science
    • Daniel Zamoshchin
    • Colin Burdine
  • Senior Energy
    • Daniel Orbidan / Ethan Simpson
  • Senior Engineering
    • Aubrey Berger
    • Krithik Ramesh
    • Amy Nguyen / Katherine Tran
  • Senior Earth & Environmental Science
    • Gabrielle Barreto
    • Mckinley Dirks / Alexandrea Rivera
  • Senior Medicine & Health Science
    • Hari Sowrirajan
    • Isani Singh
    • Anila Narayana
  • Senior Microbiology
    • Aliya Godoy
  • Senior Materials Science
    • Peyton Leyendecker
  • Senior Physics & Astronomy
    • Scott Clousing
  • Senior Plant Sciences
    • Maria Reeves
    • Karry Pileggi
  • Senior Social Sciences
    • Edwin Bodoni
    • Evelyn Bodoni


  • American Meteorological Society – Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
    • Kacey Kim
  • American Statistical Association – Special Accomplishments in Statistics & Data Science Award
    • Ibrohim Nosirov
  • ASM Materials Education Foundation – Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science Award
    • Matthew Buckman
  • Association for Women Geoscientists – Student Award for Geoscience Excellence
    • Victoria O-Hare
  • ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative – Certificate for Sustainable Solutions
    • Tho Nguyen
    • Joe Vahle
  • Biophysical Society – Biophysics Award
    • Maya Devarajan
  • Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority – Certificate of Excellence
    • Matthew Buckman
  • CO Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society
    • Dai An Jiang
    • Gabrielle Barreto
    • Adarsh Kotlapati
    • Rewa Raizada
  • CO/WY Chapter of the American Statistical Association
    • Matthew Anderson
    • Ibrohim Nosirov
  • CU Anschutz Dept. of Neuroscience – Outstanding Research in Neuroscience Award
    • Ibrohim Nosirov
    • Ilana Jacobs
  • Denver Mensa
    • Lee Seungwon
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson – Outstanding Science Fair Project Award (Skinner Middle School)
    • Yuliangel Dominquez-Delgado
    • Josh Miller
  • Genius Olympiad
    • Eric Bear
    • Eric Bear
  • INTEL Excellence in Computer Science
    • Colin Burdine
  • Central CO AHEC – Kris R. Wenzel Memorial Award
    • Jenna Stainbrook
    • Payton Leyendecker
  • Mr. Marty Miyamoto – Outstanding Diverse Student Award
    • Krithik Ramesh
  • Mu Alpha Theta
    • Colin Burdine
  • NASA Earth System Science Award
    • Laila Smith
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration – Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award
    • Amy Jiao
  • Office of Naval Research – Naval Science Award
    • Milan Hancock
    • Laila Smith
    • Laila Riedell
    • Jenayin Wazwaz
    • Alicia Chavez
    • Christopher Moser
    • Noa Tewahade
    • Krithik Ramesh
    • Siddarth Ijju
  • Product GO-GO – Product Design Award
    • Gregory Mackintosh
  • Regeneron Science Talent Search Award
    • Matthew Buckman
    • Noa Tewahade
    • Joshua Chapman
    • Pritika Parmar
    • Colin Burdine
    • Eric Bear
  • Ricoh Americas Corporation – Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
    • Rishi Hancock
  • Rocky Mtn Section of the American Water Works Assoc. / Rocky Mtn Water Environment Association – Certificate of Excellence
    • Matthew Buckman
    • Gabrielle Barreto
  • Society for In Vitro Biology – Certificate for Outstanding Achievement
    • Abilash Prabbakaran
  • Stormwater Permittees for Local Awareness of Stream Health – Certificate of Excellence
    • Wyle Cornish
  • Water Environment Federation – Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner
    • Dai An Jiang
    • Matthew Buckman
  • US Air Force – Award of Excellence
    • Vatsal Shrivastava
    • Christopher Moser
    • Alicia Chavez
    • Krithik Ramesh
  • US Metric Association
    • Thomas Carmen
  • Yale Science & Engineering – Most Outstanding Exhibit
    • Eric Bear
  • Broadcom Masters Nominees
    • Elishevlyne Eliason
    • Michael Erwin & Carter Larson
    • Maya Monks & Annika Reeder-Holman
    • Grace Even
    • Calvin Oh
    • Ilana Jacobs
    • Chloe Chavez
    • Sophie Scholl
    • Tia Seniw
    • Isabel Cleveland
    • Ella Eichberg
    • Madison Truong
    • Grace Valentine
    • Jalen Sisneros
    • Brooklin Wyatt
    • Alexandra May
    • Aku Unvu
    • Shreyas Sriram
    • Grace Zhang
    • Alex Tseng
    • Juno Gregg
    • Milan Hancock
    • Jaden Behringer
    • Santiago Castillo
    • Esha Sury
    • Nikhila Narayana
    • Nazeeya Bathhef
    • Vishwah Jaine & Jake Sheykhet
    • Rewa Raizada
    • Josh Miller
    • Olivia Bergstrom & Brennan Kammerer
    • Nathan Panzer
    • Sadie Callahan
    • Lauren  Linnebur & Malayne Perry
    • Erin Smith
    • Jocelynn King
    • Tyler Burt
    • Jenayin Wazwaz
    • Teresa McManus
    • Matthew Anderson
    • Christopher  Moser
    • Bridget Ronning
    • Sarah Bian
    • Rachel Odle
    • Senna Aldoubosh
    • Ethan Shoop
    • Kennedy  Dechant
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2018 Science Fair Dates

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We are starting to get ready for the 2018 Denver Metro Regional Science & Engineering Fair! If you are a science or engineering teacher or would be interested in mentoring students, volunteering at the event, judging projects, or being involved in any other way – please get these dates on your calendar:

  • Mentor Sign-up Opens: September 1, 2017
  • Volunteer Sign-up Opens: December 1, 2017
  • Judge Sign-up Opens: December 1, 2017
  • Project Registration: November 30, 2017 – January 17, 2018
  • SCIENCE FAIR DATES: Friday, February 16th & Sunday, February 18th, 2018
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Prohibited & Restricted Chemical List

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The Prohibited and Restricted Chemical Lists in this rule were created in a rulemaking process that mainly looked at the occurrence and use of chemicals in laboratory settings or other circumstances where the chemical compounds were used in formulations as reagents or process chemicals.

State of Colorado: Guidance on Prohibited & Restricted Chemicals

CDOT – Chemical Lists Combined

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Science Fair Project: Cheating in School


Cheating in school: what does science tell us about why it happens … and how to prevent it?

That’s the subject of a new study by Society competitor Evelyn Bodoni — and her results show that positive peer pressure might hold the key to discouraging cheaters.

Bodoni, a middle school student at Challenge School in Denver, Colo., and a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, recruited a total of 68 students from her school in grades 5th through 8th and assigned 20 to a control group, and 16 students each to three experimental groups.

Each group took a test in a room where an unseen observer could watch them. Students knew that the test answers were on the back, but they were told not to turn over the test form.

First finding? “There is a lot of academic dishonesty occurring in [my] middle school,” said Bodoni, who reported that overall, “fifty-one percent of the students tested cheated.” And even though the control group had no incentive to cheat, 40 percent of them did so anyway.

But Bodoni was also interested in identifying specific behaviors or cues that, as she put it, she said, “enticed students to cheat, so that corrective preventive measures could be implemented.”

“The percentage of cheaters rose to 69 percent in the negative peer pressure test group and 81 percent in the reward test group,” she said.

On the other hand, only 19 percent of the students in Bodoni’s study cheated when they were exposed to positive peer pressure that discouraged cheating.

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Emhyr Subramanian – Broadcom MASTERS Finalist!



Project Title: Chitosanic Change: An Attempt to Create a Hydrophobic, Biodegradable, Super-Absorbent Polymer That Can Control, Extract, and Absorb Waste
Individual/Team Leader’s Name: Emhyr Subramanian
School & City: Challenge School, Denver
Sponsor’s Name: John Wiley
Category: Chemistry & Biochemistry Division: Junior
Abstract— The purpose of the project was to:
1. To test an existing super-absorbent polymer (SAP) on different environments.
2. To create a hydrophobic, biodegradable, SAP.
3. SAP should be able to be used in water filtration, organic pollutant cleanup, and spill control.
The existing SAP must be tested on organic waste in different water types. All samples were run through gas chromatograph. To create the biodegradable SAP, a base polymer must be crosslinked. Chitosan and DSP cross-linker were identified as the base materials.
In the testing of the SAP (non-biodegradable), the percentages of slick absorbed were 99.80% for seawater, 99.19% for stream water, and 97.75% for de-ionized water.
The SAP tested can be concluded to be an extremely effective solution to waste absorption and performs better in seawater than the other two tests, though not by much. Unfortunately, the SAP leaves a lot of residue after cleanup. Not being biodegradable, it can be consumed by aquatic life, thus harmful to the environment.
After extensive research, a polymer and cross-linker were identified and a super-absorbent polymer was created. Due to the expensive price tag of the materials, not enough biodegradable polymer could be created such that testing could occur.
Since the CAS 100 that was tested worked successfully and fit most predictions made, the hypothesis was accurate to a great degree and the experiment was a success.________________________________________________

Emhyr Subramanian, 8th Grade
Challenge School, Aurora, Colorado
A Study of Super-Absorbent Polymers and Their Effectiveness in Organic Waste Extraction

Project Background:  Large amounts of organic waste chemicals wind up in waterways every year, due to oil spills and other pollution. “Unfortunately, no current solutions exist that can treat this problem in an environmentally friendly and effective manner,” Emhyr reports. He decided to see if a commercially available super-absorbent polymer could efficiently remove organic waste from water. If this was possible, Emhyr wanted to develop a new polymer that could both complete that job and biodegrade afterwards.

Tactics and Results:  To begin, Emhyr tested whether a super-absorbent polymer really could remove organic waste chemicals from water. He mixed diesel oil into separate containers of de-ionized water, stream water and seawater to mimic oil spills. He followed a similar process with three different groups of soil, then he treated each experimental group with a commercially available product called CAS 100. The product repels water, but otherwise acts like a super-soaker: it can absorb other types of liquids by up to ten times its weight. In Emhyr’s tests, the CAS 100 worked well, as it absorbed almost all the waste from each experimental group of polluted water. He reasoned that the concept could work, at least with spills on water. Even so, those tests were inconclusive because the treatment product picked up chemicals from the soil. Next, Emhyr set out to develop a biodegradable super-absorbent polymer. He identified one promising compound, but unfortunately, one component cost too much for him to produce enough testing material. “The experiment was a partial success,” Emhyr concludes. He is now working with companies to get more of the component for future work.

Other Interests:  “I feel that if I were to become an environmental engineer, I could develop effective solutions to help solve climate change and change the world,” Emhyr says. “The two things I love the most are playing the violin and solving Rubik’s cube,” Emhyr adds. In addition to performing with the school orchestra, Emhyr regularly plays his violin at local farmers’ markets. His goal is to raise money for a nonprofit organization he started to provide solar energy to schools in Kerala, India.

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CO-LABS & Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Honor Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Research


CO-LABS & Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Honor Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Research –
Annual Event Celebrates Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society
October 6, 2016 – Denver, CO – From the furthest reaches of space to the smallest quantum particles to measurements of atmospheric gases and assessment of human B cell antibodies – world-class research projects in these fields of study were celebrated at the CO-LABS 2016 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research event on October 6, 2016. Governor John Hickenlooper remarked about the profound “culture of discovery” within Colorado’s federal research labs and universities to the nearly 200 supporters of science gathered in the Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

In its eighth year, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials with highlight videos, keynote speakers and a reception including the Museum’s compelling Space Odyssey exhibit. The event is supported by numerous sponsors, foremost being the Presenting Sponsor The Alliance for Sustainable Energy.


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