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Singaporean student wins Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award

Nurdianah Md Nur | May 20, 2014
Shannon Lee Xinjing also received funding to further develop her project which helps to advance rechargeable battery technology.

Shannon Lee of Sg National Junior College 
Winner of Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, Shannon Lee Xinjing from Singapore's National Junior College.

Singapore's National Junior College Shannon Lee Xinjing today received one of the only two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.

She was also awarded US$50,000 to further fund her project, in which she used activated carbon catalyst from carbonised Chinese eggplant as an electrocatalyst that may power future rechargeable batteries. According to Intel, Lee's catalyst was not only environmentally friendly and inexpensive to produce but also outperformed a more sophisticated commercial catalyst in stability and longevity tests. It is thus no surprise that her project was named Best of Category in the Energy & Transportation category too.

Besides Lee, students from three other Singapore schools also bagged a number of awards with their innovative projects.

Eliot Lim, Ou Yang Zhong Liang and Yu Shiyang from the National University of Singapore's High School of Mathematics and Science took home the Second Award of US$250, an award of US$1,200 and a Fourth Award of US$500 for their 'Solid State Fan' project under the Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Controls category.

Mark Lim Kit from the Raffles Institution was presented a Fourth Award of US$750 and a Third Award of US$1,000 for his project titled 'Improved Multiplexed Automated Genome Engineering through Directed Evolution' in the Microbiology category.

Vanessa Tan Yun Han from Dunman High School received a Fourth Award of US$500 for her project entitled 'Given a Hand: Designing and Developing a Neuroprosthetic Hand' in the Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering category. 

"The world needs more scientists, makers and entrepreneurs to make use of technology to create jobs, drive economic growth and solve pressing global challenges," said Prakash Mallya, country manager for Intel Singapore and Malaysia."Intel believes that young people are the key to innovation, and we hope that these winners inspire more students to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the foundation for creativity."

This year's ISEF showcased projects from more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. Besides presenting awards and prizes to more than 500 finalists for their projects, the Intel Foundation will provide a US$1,000 grant to each winner's school and to the affiliated fair they represent. 


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