SOURCE: California Science Center

May 11, 2011 14:07 ET

2011 California State Science Fair Winners Announced

Students, Parents and Teachers Gather to Hear the Results

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Winners of the 2011 California State Science Fair were announced during ceremonies that took place May 3, 2011 at the California Science Center. This year's fair drew 1,000 students from 32 regions/counties statewide, with finalists selected by a volunteer pool of over 300 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education. Students took home a combined total of over $50,000 in cash prizes.

The 2011 event received support from Time Warner Cable, THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, along with other corporate and community supporters. Affiliation with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair was made possible with a grant from Intel Corporation.

Top Awards
Jessica A. Richeri
, a 12th grade student from Centennial High School, Corona (Riverside County), was selected for the Patricia Beckman Project of the Year - Senior Division Award and received a $10,000 cash prize. Her project was titled "Autonomous Robotic Vehicle's Guide to Eliminate the Traffic Problem." Steven M. Wang, an 8th grade student from The Harker School, San Jose (Santa Clara County), was chosen for the Patricia Beckman Project of the Year - Junior Division Award and received a $5,000 cash prize. His project was titled "Nanophotothermolysis: IPL Treatment with Targeted AuNP for Colorectal Cancer Therapy Modeled by Monte Carlo Simulations." Two special committees, one for each division, reviewed all first place winning projects from every subject category in order to select the best project in each division. The awards are given in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold O. Beckman.

Jonathan F. Li, a senior at St. Margaret's Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano (Orange County) was named California State Science Fair Student of the Year and was presented with a $1,000 cash prize. The project entry was titled "Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility, and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters." This award is presented to the high school senior who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the qualities necessary for success in science.

Cassandra de Wood, a teacher at Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy (San Joaquin County) was named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year - Junior Division, and Diana Herrington, a teacher at Clovis High School in Clovis (Fresno County) was named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year - Senior Division. Each received a $2,000 cash prize.

This year's event introduced two new affiliations with an opportunity for students to engage in additional competition beyond the state level. Forty-four (44) student projects qualified for the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a national competition for students in grades 6-8 whose final round will take place in Washington, D.C. Five (5) senior division projects qualified to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a global science competition for students in grades 9-12 from nearly 60 countries, which takes place in Los Angeles.

In addition to the top awards, 242 students placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Honorable Mention in the Category Awards. A complete list of Category Award winners as well as information on recipients of Special and Recognition awards can be viewed at Reporters may also call the Science Center's Communications Department at (213) 744-7446 for winners from their area.

California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. IMAX Theater tickets range from $4.75 to $8.00. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can enter the parking lot at 39th/Exposition Park Drive and Figueroa Street. Parking is $8/car. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit

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