2016 ISEF Scholarship Winners Announced

Written by Brian Kirschner
Published on June 1, 2016

Scholarship Winners

USciences sponsors a winners breakfast each year as part of its sponsorship of the Delaware Valley Science Fairs. 

As part of its sponsorship with the Delaware Valley Sciences Fairs, University of the Sciences has the opportunity to extend scholarship offers to select students who participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Festival (ISEF) 2016. This year, five students from across the nation were chosen to receive tuition scholarships toward their entry into the fall 2017 term at USciences. 

ISEF, sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel® Corporation, was held between May 8-13, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center, in Phoenix, Ariz. ISEF provides the “opportunity for the best young scientists from around the globe to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete annually for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.”

As a Special Award Organization, USciences awards five scholarships each year to rising high school seniors who show great potential in the science and healthcare fields, and who exemplify the University’s mission. 

Megan O’Briant, one of the USciences award winners from the 2015 Intel ISEF, will join the ranks of USciences’ talented student body as a physical therapy student in the fall of 2016.  The goal of her project last year was to “work on understanding how and why an ACL” tears, and to work towards “creating a solution that would prevent an ACL from tearing.” She produced a prototype of a brace that “could theoretically prevent an ACL tear from occurring during a lateral impact to the leg.” O’Briant, participated in the ISEF during this year’s competition focusing her efforts on the creation of a 3D-printed prosthetic arm that could be affordable, lightweight, neutrally-controlled, and that incorporated haptic feedback.

2016 USciences Scholarship Winners

Tanisha Joshi (San Jose, Calif.)
Project: Self Driving Pharma: A Novel Cognitive Knowledge Harvesting Approach to Train a Self-Learning System For Drug Predictive Models through Multi-Dimensional Bio-Entity Feature-Vector Topological Data Analyses. Category: Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

James Grow (Princeton, N.J.)
Project: Testing Valproic Acid and Surfactant Regulation as Potential Therapeutics for Nitrogen Mustard Injury. Category: Cell and Molecular Biology 

Justin Kim (Jericho, N.Y.)
Project: Enhancement of Beta-Iactam Antibiotic Susceptibility by Tannic Acid through Beta-lactamase Inhibition. Category: Microbiology

Lavanya Sai Kanneganti (Louisville, Ky.)
Project: An Effective Drug-Delivery-Mechanism-Based Approach to Clinical Radiosensitization. Category: Translational Medical Sciences

Brandon Michael Muncan (Howard Beach, N.Y.)
Project: Alternative Preservation Methods in ex-vivo Bovine Liver. Category: Translational Medical Sciences


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