Awards of Merit Canada-Wide Science Fair 2009 Entrants.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Reno, Nevada
Zach Elgood, from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, selected as a member of 2009 Team Canada, with his project "in-Stream Bioreactors: N2O Producers?" was awarded Third place, and $1000, in the Environmental Management Division.

Canada-Wide Science Fair  (see below for more info)
Young researchers, selected by the Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair, won a total of $72,500 in cash and scholarships at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 9-17, 2009.
 
Hillary Dawkins, Bryan Hatton and Eddie Kim were named to
Team Ontario at the 2009 Expo Sciences Internationale in Tunisia.


For information on past achievements at the CWSF, go to the Archives
Partners Bryan Hatton and Eddie Kim, from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, with their project "Watching Evolution", were awarded:
  • the Gold Medal in Senior Computing and Information Technology with $1500 cash.
  • a University of Ottawa $20,000 scholarship each,
  • a Dalhousie University $4000 scholarship each,
  • a University of British Columbia $4000 scholarship each,
  • a University of Western Ontario $2000 scholarship each,
  • the "Actuarial Foundation of Canada Senior Award" with $1000 cash,
  • and named to Team Ontario at the 2009 Expo Sciences Internationale in Tunisia.

    Stephanie Chan, from St. John's-Kilmarnock, with her project "Power Your Car - From Your Table" was awarded:
  • the Intermediate Automotive Silver Medal with $700 cash,
  • the Intermediate Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science Bronze Medal with $300 cash,
  • a University of Western Ontario $1500 Scholarship,
  • and a University of Western Ontario $1000 Scholarship.
     
  •   Partners Hillary Dawkins and Susie Pan, from Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, with their project "Extending the Lifespan of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" were awarded:
  • the Senior Environmental Innovation Bronze Medal with $300 in cash,
  • the Senior Engineering Honourable Mention with $100 in cash,
  • the Manning Innovation Award for $500,
  • a University of Western Ontario $1000 Scholarship each,
  • a University of Ottawa $1000 scholarship each,
  • and Hillary was named to Team Ontario at the 2009 Expo Sciences Internationale in Tunisia.
    (Susie was not able to go so she didn't apply.)

    Brian Krug, a Guelph individual entry, with his project "Herbal Products May Alter Drug Metabolism", was awarded:
  • the Intermediate Health Science Bronze Medal with $300 cash,
  • and a University of Western Ontario $1000 Scholarship.

    Partners Sofia Oke and Noorain Shethwala, from Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, with their project "Chemotherapy Drugs: Less is More" were awarded:
  • the Senior Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science Honourable Mention with $100 cash,
  • and the Senior Petro-Canada Peer Innovation Award with $200 cash.

  • 2009 WWSEF Photos, Awards, and Project Information

    Stephanie Chan


    St. John's Kilmarnock
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • Award of Merit
  • EnviroExpo Special Award




  • WWSEF 2007 Awards
  • Honourable Mention
  • Power Your Car - From Your Dinner Table
    Industrial organic waste (apple pomace, pineapple peel and core, potato peel, overripe banana) were used to produce a commercially viable biofuel using Saccharmyces bayanus yeast. Each feedstock was compared in terms of ethanol yield and the cost-effectiveness of production. Potato peel was found to yield the most ethanol, but apple pomace was the most cost-effective due to the cost-limiting factor of starch-converting enzymes.
    2009 Project Report


    Hillary Dawkins


    Susie Pan


    Centennial
    C.V.I.
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • Best in Division - Engineering
  • Award of Merit
  • Conestoga College Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Entrance Scholarship
  • Extending the Lifespan of DSSCs
    Possible methods to prolong the operational lifespan of dye sensitized solar cells were investigated. Benzoic acid was used to inhibit bacterial growth on the natural plant dye, and sealing agents were used to prevent the evaporation of liquid electrolyte. Benzoic acid was found to have a positive effect on red cabbage dye, depending on several factors. All tested sealing agents proved to extend the lifespan.
    2009 Project Report


    Bryan Hatton


    Eddie Kim


    Cameron Heights C.I.
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • The Award of Excellence
  • Award of Merit
  • Best in Division - Life Science
  • Best Senior Written Report
  • Conestoga College Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
  • Watching Evolution
    An original computer program was used to simulate the process of evolution by natural selection, and determine how environmental parameters affect the evolution of populations. The organisms chosen for the populations were mechanical pendulum-clocks, modeled as matrices of heritable data. The results supported the model of punctuated equilibrium, and also determined how changes in various environmental factors affected the evolution of populations.
    2009 Project Report
    Eddie Kim's previous awards: Canada Wide Science Fair 2006 Awards
  • Honourable Mention, Junior Physical and Mathematical Sciences ($100 and a certificate)
    WWSEF 2006 Awards
  • Award of Merit,
  • Gold Medal,
  • Junior Sir Isaac Newton Award,
  • Stepping Stone Award
  • WWSEF 2008 Awards
  • Gold Medal, Intermediate Biotechnology.
    WWSEF 2007 Awards
  • Award of Merit,
  • Intermediate Sir Isaac Newton Award,
  • Gold Medal.

  • Brian Krug


    Individual Entry
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • Award of Merit



  • WWSEF 2008 Awards
  • Silver Medal,
  • OAML Award.
    2007 Canada Wide Science Fair Awards
  • Silver Medal in Junior Life Sciences Category ($700 and a certificate)
  • Entrance Scholarship to the University of Ontario($1500)
    WWSEF 2007 Awards
  • Stepping Stone Award
  • Award of Merit,
  • Best of Junior Life Science Category,
  • Gold Medal
  • Herbal Products May Alter Drug Metabolism
    The enzyme CYP3A4 is involved in the metabolism and therapeutic outcome of 60% of pharmaceutical drugs. This investigation used a luciferase transcription assay to determine the effects of herbal products on hepatic CYP3A4 gene transcription. Several products altered gene activity, suggesting they could interfere with the success of drug therapies when consumed simultaneously.
    2009 Project Report


    Daniel Moholia


    W.T. Townshend
    Public School
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • Award of Merit
  • Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Stepping Stone Award
  • Hydro One Energy Ambassador Award



  • 2008 Awards
  • Silver Medal
  • Wind Turbines
    My project on wind turbine blade design focuses on the effect of blade material, pitch, and length on voltage output. Wind turbines are becoming highly respectable energy resources and the future will depend partially on them. This can't be done, though, if improvement in designs and aerodynamics do not solve the problems that make them unreliable and people skeptical of their value.
    2009 Project Report


    Sophia Oke


    Noorain Shethwala


    Centennial C.V.I.
    2009 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medal
  • Best in Division - Biotechnology
  • Award of Merit
  • Conestoga College Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Entrance Scholarship



  • 2008 Awards
  • Silver Medal
  • Chemotherapy Drugs:
    Less is More
    Our experiment examined the use of BAX tumour suppressor gene and adenovirus as chemosensitizers, to induce apoptosis in colon cancer cells, thereby reducing the dosage of chemotherapy drug given to patients. We were able to conclude that the transfection of pEGFP-BAX worked best with the
    BAX (-/-) genotype, and the Adenovirus was effective in the (+/-) genotype. Thus, chemotherapy side effects can be lowered.
    2009 Project Report


    Canada-Wide Science Fair Awards

    Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are assigned to the top projects in each division and category.
    Medal awards are based on marks assigned by the judges therefore there are times when not all medals are awarded.

    There are many other awards at the CWSF which vary yearly.
    Up to date information is available from Youth Science Canada