Science Competition

April 29 - May 1, 2016 - High School Students

The Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition encourages students to help humanity through scientific research.  High-schoolers submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges who select five finalists.  Finalists are invited to participate in a three-day, expenses-paid event, concluded by an awards luncheon to announce the “Ying Prize” of $5,000 to the top student, $1,000 to their teacher and $1,000 to their principal!

Every year for over a decade, Dr. Nelson Ying hosts this competition in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center. Ying is a philanthropist, scientist, and entrepreneur. He wants to inspire tomorrow's science leaders today, so he has worked with the Science Center to create this elite competition. This competition not only honors innovative student science research but also exemplary teens.

 

Dr. Ying Competition 2016 Information

Papers Due: 5:00 p.m. April 1. 2016
Finalists Notified: April 12, 2016
Competition Weekend: April 29 - May 1, 2016

Submissions

Papers will be submitted through our DROPitTOme Account - simply click on the link and type in “ying” for the password. More detailed information on how to submit your papers is located here:  DROPitTOme Instructions.

 

Please download and return the necessary completed forms:
Application
Project Certification
Eligibility
Guidelines For Papers

Important: Once you have received a confirmation email, your project/paper is registered. If you have not received a confirmation email by Friday, April 15. please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.

 

Anjeli Nandwani, a sophomore from Orange County’s Lake Highland Preparatory School, took home the top prize in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. Anjeli won a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards for her science teacher and school.

Since 1999, philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has worked with Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens. Projects submitted are required to have the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.

Nandwani, 16, created a natural pesticide to help fight white flies and preserve tomato populations. The state’s $268 million tomato industry is the most valuable vegetable crop in the state, and 25 percent of the vegetation is ruined annually by pests — mainly the white fly. In fact, white flies affect 90 percent of the devastated acreage and their saliva can spread disease that can lead to total crop failure.

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As a high school sophomore, Nikhil also conducts research at the Synthetic Reality Lab at the University of Central Florida. He was selected as one of the top 30 middle school science researchers in the country and competed in the Broadcom Masters competition in Washington, D.C., the premiere science and engineering fair for middle school projects. Nikhil’s research project seeks to identify early indicators of cognitive impairment, for instance, the ability to predict the likelihood a person is going to develop Alzheimer’s. His research has earned him first and second place in his region at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair the past two years.

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Anjeli fell in love with science in sixth grade when she took biology for the first time. This year, Anjeli has had the opportunity to conduct research at the University of Florida's Mid-Florida Research & Education Center. She’s created a natural pesticide that repels whiteflies, a pest that affects 90 percent of the acreage of tomato plants. She received an invitation to attend ISWEEEP at the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition. In addition to research, Anjeli also enjoys reading, playing volleyball and traveling.

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Cathleen was inspired to pursue her passion for scientific research after reaching the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a freshman in 2013. She placed second in the state with her 2015 project, “Statistical Analysis of the Effects of Temperature on Incubation Lengths of Caretta caretta.” The high school junior will attend the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad, the world’s largest international science fair, this May. She plans to continue following her love for math and science with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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