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West Geauga High School junior wins fourth place in the world’s largest pre-college science fair

The Intel Foundation announced the winners of the world's largest pre-college science fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in Reno, Nevada May 10-15. Projects by more than 1,500 young scientists from 56 countries, regions and territories were selected for the competition based on their commitment to innovation and science.

West Geauga High School junior Karen Kruzer won fourth place in the Medicine and Health category. She received a $500 scholarship from the Intel Foundation for her project: Identification and Prevention of MRSA Transferred between Community and Medical Settings on Mobile Phones.

Intel ISEF is a program of Society for Science & the Public,

“The real end point of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is to elevate the recognition of achievement of the younger generation in academic and learning exercises,” said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. “I hope that more young people will look at these students and realize they can be recognized for using their brains. You don’t have to be a quarterback, a basketball player or a baseball player to be recognized by your peers and the public.”

Finalists are selected annually from more than 550 student winners in grades 9-12 who earned the right to compete by winning a top prize at an International Science and Engineering


Fair-affiliated fair around the world. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by 900 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each judge typically with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

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