The Canada-Wide Science Fair 2012, May 12-19, in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Participants from Waterloo-Wellington won two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal(s), a total of eleven scholarships and several other awards. The total value of all awards was $40 250.
For information on past achievements at the CWSF, go to the Archives
All 2012 award winnners

2012 Awards and Project Information



Alexandra Ficht

St. John's-Kilmarnock School

2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Award of Excellence
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Google Young Researcher's Award
  • Best of Biotechnology Division Award

  • Past Awards
    2010 WWSEF
  • Silver Medallion
  • CWSF 2012 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Senior Gold Medal    Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $1 500.00
    • Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship    Senior Gold Medallist - $5000
    • UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award    Senior Gold Medallist - $4000
    • University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship    Senior Gold Medallist - $5000
    • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship    Senior Gold Medallist - $4,000
    • University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship    Gold Medallist - $4000
    • Total Value of Awards $23 500
    A Study of the Leaf Striping in Barley
    This project aimed to determine whether the variegated leaf striping in barley is controlled by the cytoplasmic genome, nuclear genome or both. Further investigations were made regarding the number of chloroplasts in normal vs. defective leaves to identify the difference in energy production via photosynthesis.

    Full Project Report


    Juliana Gallas

    Forest Glen P.S.

    2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Sir Isaac Newton Award
  • Let's Make Some Noise ... Or Not !
    A Study in Sound Absorption


    As technology and society continue to change and improve there has been a marked increase in the amount of sound and noise. However, do we always want to hear the constant noise of technology? This experiment seeks to minimize noise with sound-absorption. Discover which of cork, carpet, carpet underlay, curtains, bubble wrap, or polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) has the best capabilities to provide quiet.

    Full Project Report


    Andrew Ilyas & Nikhil Patil

    Waterloo Centennial P.S.
    - Congregated Class

    2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • ON Ministry of Research & Innovation Stepping Stone Award
  • CWSF 2012 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Junior - Bronze Medal
      Sponsor: Nuclear Waste Management Organization $300
    • Western University Scholarship Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship Sponsor: Western University $1 000
    • Total Value of Awards $1 300
    Optical Illusions - Does Colour affect the illusion?

    For years, optical illusions have been a source of entertainment for many. However, only recently have the applications, effects, and science behind optical illusions been discovered. In this paper, the eye and its parts and the attributes of an optical illusion will be studied.

    Full Project Report


    Avinash Pandey

    Waterloo C.I.

    2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Life Science Division Award
  • CWSF 2012 AWARDS:
    • Challenge Award - Health - Intermediate
      Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research $750
    • Excellence Award - Intermediate - Gold Medal
      Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $1 500
    • Western University Scholarship
      Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
      Sponsor: Western University $4 000
    • Total Value of Awards $6 250

    Improving Compliance to Life Saving Medications

    Medication non-compliance, often due to forgetfulness, is prevalent in our society and can have severe repercussions. A novel, automated, computer program was created to send reminder text messages to cell phones. This system demonstrated significant improvements in compliance in healthy volunteers, stable patients, and post heart attack patients taking "life-saving" medications. Individuals with the highest rates of non-compliance appeared to benefit most from this system.

    Full Project Report


    Ian Rodgers & Ronald Vuong

    Centennial C. & V.I.

    2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Engineering Division Award
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology Innovation Award


  • Electricity from Fluorescent Proteins Solar Cells

    Dye-sensitized solar cells are becoming more famous as an alternative for conventional solar cells. Fluorescent proteins were added to their design in order to allow the absorption of UV light spectra. As a result, the efficiency of the cells have increased and the cells are more capable of producing electricity in dark lighting.

    Full Project Report


    Janelle Tam

    Waterloo C.I.

    2012 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories Award


  • Past Awards
    2011 WWSEF
  • Gold Medallion
  • 2011 ISEF
  • Fourth Place Grand Award
  • 2010 WWSEF
  • Bronze Medallion
  • 2009 WWSEF
  • Gold Medallion
  • CWSF 2012 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Senior - Silver Medal    Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $700
    • Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2500
    • UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Western Ontario Scholarship    Silver Medallist - $2000
  • Total Value of Awards $9 200

  • Nanocrystalline Cellulose: A Novel, Renewable Antioxidant

    Nanocrystalline cellulose was discovered to be an efficient antioxidant. NCC surface-grafted with fullerenes was better. Both were superior to synthetic materials. The role of microstructure in free radical scavenging reactions was also elucidated. These new findings open up vast possibilities for this green resource, which will reduce our dependence on conventional carbon sources and help to address the environmental and energy problems facing our world.

    Full Project Report

    Canada-Wide Science Fair Awards
    Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are assigned to the top projects in each division and category.
    There are many other awards at the CWSF which vary yearly.
    Up to date information is available from Youth Science Canada