Skip to Main Content

ASEF 98 - Special Awards

Pin it

click to navigate to topic

Special Award winners, 1998 Alabama Science & Engineering Fair


Finalists for International Science and Engineering Fair, May 10-16 in Forth Worth (Senior Division only)

  • Jamie Aldes; Murphy High School; What Improves Plant Growth in Polluted Soil Models?: Further Studies
  • Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction
  • Lindsy Farina; Brooks High School; Analysis of Glucose Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis
  • Elizabeth Dillard; Bradshaw High School; The Effects of Gamma Radiation Exposure on Photographic Film

Grand Awards (Junior Division only)

  • Tamra Ward; Childersburg High School; Diatoms as Water Quality Indicators
  • Nathaniel Brown; Life Christian Academy; Building Low Cost Homemade A-to-D Converter for Computerized Data Collection
  • Adam Georgas; Phillips Preparatory School; Structural Strength of an Icosahedron vs. Fibonacci Ration Model Under Wind Forc
  • Ashley Williams; Phillips Preparatory School; "Which Characteristic is Most Influential in Attracting Bees to a Flower"


Alabama Geological Society

Shannon Ward; Childersburg High School; "Just A Hill of Beans"
George Carraway; Al. School of Mathematics and Science; Mobile Bay A Wireframe Model to Predict Water Levels

Alabama Health Physics Society

Rachel McAbee; Hartselle Junior High School; What is the Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Algae Cells?
Nassif Cannon; The Altamont School; A Four-Part Study of the Influence of Electromagnetic Waves on Microorganisms
Elizabeth Dillard; Bradshaw High School; The Effects of Gamma Radiation Exposure on Photographic Film

Alabama Space and Rocket Center

Shannon Ward; Childersburg High School; "Just A Hill of Beans"

Alpha Kappa Alpha - Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Math & Science Comm.

Maggie Webb; Winfield Middle School; Comparing Alternatives to Harmful Household Products
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes

American Chemical Society - UAH Chapter

Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction

American Heart Association

Petronella Lugemwa; The Altamont School; An Accurate Genotyping Assay for a Gene Associated with Coronary Heart Disease
Roopa Dhawan; Murphy High School; A Role for Alpha4-Beta1 VCAM-1 Intercellular Adhesion in Sickle Cell Crisis
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Keith Roberts; The Altamont School; Parasheets, Parachutes, Parawings
Brian Thomas II; Oakwood Academy; How is a Rocket Propelled?

American Lung Association

Jimmy Huynh; The Altamont School; Potential for Developing New Antibacterial Drugs from Compounds in Plants

American Meterological Society

Nicole Oertli; Phillips Preparatory School; What is the Effect of Concentration of Solar Energy on Water Distillation?
Russell Getz; Auburn Junior High School; How Do Various Assessments Reflect the Quality of Our Untreated Surface Water?
Todd Foisy; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Air Quality in Birmingham - Is It Pollution or A Lot of Hot Air?
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?

American Physical Society

Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers

Christine Ruhlman; Discovery Middle School; Sunny Days
David Murphy; Shades Mountain Christian School; Wind Power

American Society of Microbiology

Barrett Jackson; The Altamont School; Comparison of Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria in Different Species of Animals
Nassif Cannon; The Altamont School; A Four-Part Study of the Influence of Electromagnetic Waves on Microorganisms

Association for Women Geoscientists

Shannon Day; Glencoe Middle School; Crystals Under Stress: A Possible Source of Strange Lights in the Sky
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?

Boeing Defense and Space Group

Hal Reid, Jr.; Liberty Middle School; Ping?
Keith Roberts; The Altamont School; Parasheets, Parachutes, Parawings
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?

Dauphin Island Sea Lab. - Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium

George Carraway; Al. School of Mathematics and Science; Mobile Bay A Wireframe Model to Predict Water Levels

Dr. and Mrs. Graeme Duthie Award

Brian Williamson; Clark School of Math & Science; The Effect of Light on Chlorophyll Production

Dr. and Mrs. Warton Jemian Award

Eric Hutcheson; Al. School of Mathematics & Science; Computer Modeling of a DNA Molecule

Eastman Kodak Company

Rachel McAbee; Hartselle Junior High School; What is the Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Algae Cells?
Bryce Roberts; The Altamont School; Biotime on the Indo-Pacific Reef Circadean Rhythms of Corals

Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Eng. Honor Society UAH

Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant

Golden K Kiwanis Award

Joseph Vinson; Phillips Preparatory School; Growing in the Wind
Jessica Christianson; The Altamont School; Does Daycare Affect the Growth of Children?
Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge?

Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Shannon Ward; Childersburg High School; "Just A Hill of Beans"
Kassie Houser; Priceville Jr. High School; Which Buffer is the Best at Protecting Pine Trees from Acid Rain?
Jamie Aldes; Murphy High School; What Improves Plant Growth in Polluted Soil Models?: Further Studies

IEEE Society

Alexander Law; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Asteroid Defense: A Computer Simulation
Hal Reid, Jr.; Liberty Middle School; Ping?
Adam Gramly; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Is Sonoluminescence Caused By Plasma?
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Ehren Biglari; Covenant Christian Academy; On the Plausibility of Bertrand's Paradox
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes
Jeb Orr; Elkmont High School; Mathematical Optimization of Autoassociative Neural Networks
Intel - Excellence in Computer Science
Jeb Orr; Elkmont High School; Mathematical Optimization of Autoassociative Neural Networks
Matthew Curry; Childersburg High School; A (Nearly) Perfect Nim

Legacy Environmental Education Awards

Nicole Oertli; Phillips Preparatory School; What is the Effect of Concentration of Solar Energy on Water Distillation?
Betsy Warren; Dixon Middle School; Most Effective Methods for Cleaning Up Oil Spills
Christopher Chatman; Collinsville High School; Alcohol as a Fuel: Recycling Wastes Into Energy - Phase II
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?

Materials Community of Alabama

Justin Campbell; Dixon Middle School; Density and Buoyancy
Oluchi Nnorom; Holy Family School; The Rusting of Iron Nails
Shannon Day; Glencoe Middle School; Crystals Under Stress: A Possible Source of Strange Lights in the Sky
Matthew Thomas; Pittman Middle School; Comparison of Household Insulators
Katie Clark; Murphy High School; Effects of Aggregate Variation on General Concrete Integrity
Talicia Williams; Sumter County High School; Colorimetric Determination of Manganese in Steel

NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center

Adam Gramly; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Is Sonoluminescence Caused By Plasma?
Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge?
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes
Jeb Orr; Elkmont High School; Mathematical Optimization of Autoassociative Neural Networks

MSFC Space Science Laboratory

Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge? (right, Timothy talks with Dr. Peter Curreri [center] and another judge.)
Justin Campbell; Dixon Middle School; Density and Buoyancy
Brian Williamson; Clark School of Math & Science; The Effect of Light on Chlorophyll Production
Anna Godwin; Montevallo Middle School; HOT STUFF! The Effect of Solar Magnetic Storms on School Attendance
Blake Baker; Dixon Middle School; How Time Flies
Alexander Law; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Asteroid Defense: A Computer Simulation
Leah Jones; Thompson High School; The Effects of Angle of Incidence on Photovoltaic Cells
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes
Talicia Williams; Sumter County High School; Colorimetric Determination of Manganese in Steel
Brian Thomas II; Oakwood Academy; How is a Rocket Propelled?
Jay Mukerji; St. Paul's Episcopal School; Estimating the Time to Radio Between Interplanetary Civilizations
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Elizabeth Dillard; Bradshaw High School; The Effects of Gamma Radiation Exposure on Photographic Film

National Association of Corrosion Engineers Int'l

Jeanne Tyson; Phillips Preparatory School; Which Water is Least Corrosive?
Oluchi Nnorom; Holy Family School; The Rusting of Iron Nails

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Adam Georgas; Phillips Preparatory School; Structural Strength of an Icosahedron vs. Fibonacci Ration Model Under Wind Force
Clinton Curry; Childersburg High School; Division of a Circle

National Society of Black Engineers

Justin Higgins; Dixon Middle School; A Circuit Quiz Board
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?

National Space Club - Huntsville Committee

Hal Reid, Jr.; Liberty Middle School; Ping?
Ehren Biglari; Covenant Christian Academy; On the Plausibility of Bertrand's Paradox
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant

Optical Society of America, Huntsville Electro-Optical Section

Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes

Sigma Xi, UAH Chapter

Brian Williamson; Clark School of Math & Science; The Effect of Light on Chlorophyll Production
Jamie Aldes; Murphy High School; What Improves Plant Growth in Polluted Soil Models? Further Studies
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?

Society for Invitro Biology

Stephen Rottgers; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Prelim. Steps in Reproducing Viral Vectors Used in Treatments of Cystic Fibrosis
Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) - Huntsville Post

Adam Gramly; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Is Sonoluminescence Caused By Plasma?
Ehren Biglari; Covenant Christian Academy; On the Plausibility of Bertrand's Paradox

Society of Women Engineers

Nicole Oertli; Phillips Preparatory School; What is the Effect of Concentration of Solar Energy on Water Distillation?
Jennifer Hooks; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; The Effects of Surface Angle and Roughness on the Hydraulic Jump

Stateline Sporting Goods

Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant

Teledyne Brown Engineering

Nathaniel Brown; Life Christian Academy; Building Low Cost Homemade A-to-D Converter for Computerized Data Collection
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Jeb Orr; Elkmont High School; Mathematical Optimization of Autoassociative Neural Networks

Three Springs, Inc.

Jessica Christianson; The Altamont School; Does Daycare Affect the Growth of Children?
Tammy Ward; Sumter County High School; Right vs. Left Brain
Amanda Vest; A.P. Brewer High School; Do Your Favorite Colors Match Your Personality
Jill Jinright; Zion Chapel High School; Personality Styles

Tennessee Valley Authority

Russell Getz; Auburn Junior High School; How Do Various Assessments Reflect the Quality of Our Untreated Surface Water?
Cynterrica Martin; Holy Family Elementary School; Does Water Pollution Affect Plant Growth?
Sarah Stephens; Escambia County Middle School; How to Heal an Oil Spill
Maggie Webb; Winfield Middle School; Comparing Alternatives to Harmful Household Products
Amy Kirkland; Cottonwood High School; Why is Paper Recycled?
Carly Brewington; East Lawrence Elementary School; Aah - Good Clean Water?
James Holmes; Northside Methodist Academy; Which Type of Insulation Works Best?
Todd Foisy; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Air Quality in Birmingham - Is It Pollution or A Lot of Hot Air?
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?
Claire Chisolm; Hoover High School; Lead Content In Soil: An Analysis of Three Birmingham Sites
Tiffany Speight; Sumter County High School; Observing Effects of Acid Rain
James Stewart; Alabama School of Math and Science; Russia and America: A Comparison of International River Valleys
Katie Sanders; Pike Liberal Arts School; Does this Make Cents?
Jill Fesperman; St. Paul's Episcopal School; Effect of Temperature on the Germination of Seeds

University of Alabama in Huntsville/Director's Award

Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?
Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Melinda Ellis; Kinston High School; Development of Moral Judgement in Adolescence
Lindsy Farina; Brooks High School; Analysis of Glucose Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis
Leah Jones; Thompson High School; The Effects of Angle of Incidence on Photovoltaic Cells
Jennifer Hooks; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; The Effects of Surface Angle and Roughness on the Hydraulic Jump
George Carraway; Al. School of Mathematics and Science; Mobile Bay A Wireframe Model to Predict Water Levels
Ehren Biglari; Covenant Christian Academy; On the Plausibility of Bertrand's Paradox
David Murphy; Shades Mountain Christian School; Wind Power
Christopher Chatman; Collinsville High School; Alcohol as a Fuel: Recycling Wastes Into Energy - Phase II
Adam Tomlin; Andalusia High School; Circular Primes: A Mathematical Wonder
Christina Meier; Fyffe High School; Is Language the Only Difference
Heather Cash; Covenant Christian Academy; Effects of Temperature and pH on E. Coli Growth in Common Fruit Juices Part 2

US Air Force

Rosemary Puckett; St. Ann's School; Under the Threshold of Consciousness
Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge?
Shannon Ward; Childersburg High School; "Just A Hill of Beans"
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Jeff Barron; Glencoe High School; The Affect of Aerodynamics on Vehicle Speed
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?

US Army Aviation and Missile Command

Ross Porter; Chelsea Middle School; Which Wing Angle Creates More Lift?
Gordon Douglas; St. Ann School; Can the Shape of an Airplane's Fuselage Help Reduce Drag?
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?
Brian Thomas II; Oakwood Academy; How is a Rocket Propelled?

US Army Science and Engineering Awards Program

Tamra Ward; Childersburg High School; Diatoms as Water Quality Indicators
Adam Georgas; Phillips Preparatory School; Structural Strength of an Icosahedron vs. Fibonacci Ration Model Under Wind Force
Alexander Law; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Asteroid Defense: A Computer Simulation
Nicole Oertli; Phillips Preparatory School; What is the Effect of Concentration of Solar Energy on Water Distillation?
Anna Godwin; Montevallo Middle School; HOT STUFF! The Effect of Solar Magnetic Storms on School Attendance
Christine Ruhlman; Discovery Middle School; Sunny Days
Jeanne Tyson; Phillips Preparatory School; Which Water is Least Corrosive?
Ross Porter; Chelsea Middle School; Which Wing Angle Creates More Lift?
Nathaniel Brown; Life Christian Academy; Building Low Cost Homemade A-to-D Converter for Computerized Data Collection
Joseph Smith; North Sumter Jr. High; Hurricanes
Bryce Roberts; The Altamont School; Biotime on the Indo-Pacific Reef Circadean Rhythms of Corals
Debbie Hain; St. Ann's School; Regeneration Station
Ashley Williams; Phillips Preparatory School; "Which Characteristic is Most Influential in Attracting Bees to a Flower"
Jenna Haskitt; St. Ann School; Like Father, Like Daughter
Matthew Thomas; Pittman Middle School; Comparison of Household Insulators
Benjamin Williams; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; YAGI/Dipole Antenna: Comparing FR Signal Emissions
Rosemary Puckett; St. Ann's School; Under the Threshold of Consciousness
Shannon Ward; Childersburg High School; "Just A Hill of Beans"
Gordon Douglas; St. Ann School; Can the Shape of an Airplane's Fuselage Help Reduce Drag?
Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge?
Teresa Kilborn; Hartselle Junior High School; Carbon Dioxide Production and Oxygen Consumption by Germinating Seeds
Carolyn Kezar; The Altamont School; Why Can't Some Kids Spell?
Wendy Short; Discovery Middle School; Chromatograhy
Tristan Call; Randolph School; A Stream Study of Aldridge Creek
David Gravette; Childersburg Middle School; The Development of Whitetail Deer Antlers
Adam Gramly; Acad. for Science & Foreign Language; Is Sonoluminescence Caused By Plasma?
Brian Williamson; Clark School of Math & Science; The Effect of Light on Chlorophyll Production
Nicklas Johnson; Priceville Jr. High School; Plant Power Effect of Aloe Vera on the Regeneration of Planaria
Byron Lee; Trinity Christian School; Identifying Antibiotic Resistant Genes in E.Coli
Shermetria Massingale; St. Joseph Catholic School; Mouthwash and Toothpaste: Do They Really "Knock-out" Bacterial?
Rachel McAbee; Hartselle Junior High School; What is the Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Algae Cells?
Joseph Vinson; Phillips Preparatory School; Growing in the Wind
Taylor Burdg; Trinity Christian School; The Effects of Varied Light Sources on Plant Transpiration
Shannon Day; Glencoe Middle School; Crystals Under Stress: A Possible Source of Strange Lights in the Sky
David Murphy; Shades Mountain Christian School; Wind Power
Nassif Cannon; The Altamont School; A Four-Part Study of the Influence of Electromagnetic Waves on Microorganisms
Petronella Lugemwa; The Altamont School; An Accurate Genotyping Assay for a Gene Associated with Coronary Heart Disease
Ehren Biglari; Covenant Christian Academy; On the Plausibility of Bertrand's Paradox
Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction
Jason Davis; Covenant Christian Academy; Can Low Speed Aircraft Be Controlled by an Articulated Nose?
Erica Land; Patrician Academy; Does Estrogen Prevent Memory Loss? Phase II
Taylor Griswold; Trinity Presbyterian School; The Dancing Ant
Jimmy Huynh; The Altamont School; Potential for Developing New Antibacterial Drugs from Compounds in Plants
Jeb Orr; Elkmont High School; Mathematical Optimization of Autoassociative Neural Networks
Jeremiah Brown; Covenant Christian Academy; A Single Element Anamorphic Lens for Collimating and Circularizing Laser Diodes
Brian Thomas II; Oakwood Academy; How is a Rocket Propelled?
Jamie Aldes; Murphy High School; What Improves Plant Growth in Polluted Soil Models?: Further Studies
Elizabeth Dillard; Bradshaw High School; The Effects of Gamma Radiation Exposure on Photographic Film
Holli Hitt; Tuscaloosa County High School; Nonpoint Source Pollution: Is There a Simple Solution?
Elizabeth Shepard; Collinsville High School; Holography
Stephen Rottgers; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Prelim. Steps in Reproducing Viral Vectors Used in Treatments of Cystic Fibrosis
John Mays; The Altamont School; Effects of Calcium Channel Blockade on Movement Disorders in the Rat
Jonathan Day; Glencoe High School; The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Microorganisms: A 3 Year EMF Study
Adam Tomlin; Andalusia High School; Circular Primes: A Mathematical Wonder
Leah Jones; Thompson High School; The Effects of Angle of Incidence on Photovoltaic Cells
Nicole Jordan; Murphy High School; How do Different Mouthwashes Affect the Bacteria of the Oral Cavity?
Lindsy Farina; Brooks High School; Analysis of Glucose Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis
Adam Gober; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Human Behavior and Obedience
Brian Clowdus; Hokes Bluff High School; Music Motivation
William Sartin; Glenwood School; The Effects of Beta Carotene and Vitamin A on Plant Carcinogens

US Department of Health and Human Services, US Public Health Service

John Mays; The Altamont School; Effects of Calcium Channel Blockade on Movement Disorders in the Rat
Stephen Rottgers; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Prelim. Steps in Reproducing Viral Vectors Used in Treatments of Cystic Fibrosis

US Metric Association

Joseph Vinson; Phillips Preparatory School; Growing in the Wind
Bleeker Ward; The Altamont School; Which Pain Reliever Is The Most Effective in Reducing Stomach Acid?

US Navy/Marine Corps

Timothy Gilino; Randolph School; Do Raindrops Carry an Electrical Charge?
Benjamin Anderson; Danville Middle School; Solar Energy Impossible
Russell Day; Discovery Middle School; Surface Tension
Blake Baker; Dixon Middle School; How Time Flies
Allen Pike; Good Hope High School; Wanted: A Few Good Cleaners
Nicholas Taylor; Northside High School; Where in a Tornado are the Highest Winds?
Carmen Sturdivant; Livingston High School; Can Herbs Inhibit Microbial Growth?
Jimmy Huynh; The Altamont School; Potential for Developing New Antibacterial Drugs from Compounds in Plants

Yale Science and Engineering Association

Monica Sekhon; Jefferson Co. International Baccalaureate; Signal Transduction
Megan Boyd; Covenant Christian Academy; The Effectiveness of Garlic Tablets vs. Antibiotics


Go to Science Fair lead story or Category Awards listing.


flash!Join our growing list of subscribers - sign up for our express news delivery and you will receive a mail message every time we post a new story!!!


More AstronomyHeadlines


Author: Dave Dooling
Curator: Linda Porter
NASA Official: Gregory S. Wilson