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Saudi team bags 7 awards at engineering fair

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Saudi student Abdul Jabbar Al-Hamood received 2 awards and ranked “The best of category and first place in Plant Sciences” this year at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held recently in Pittsburgh, USA. The Saudi team received a total of 7 awards in the fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition. The finalists received awards, prizes and scholarship worth over $4 million in total for their innovative scientific research. 

Lulwah bint Ziyad Alshiha ranked fourth in Plant Sciences and Noorah bint Ziad Alfaddagh ranked fourth in Environmental Engineering. Abdulaziz bin Yahya Alshahrani ranked fourth in Biomedical and Health Sciences and both Refal bint Mowaffaq and Renad bint Mowaffaq Bougis ranked fourth in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Marya bint Emad Alkurdi received the special prize of King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (MAWHIBA) for her project in the field of Water Technology.

"Saudi students showed great control in utilizing the power of science and innovation to solve problems and create opportunities for our community”, said Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, Corporate Affairs Manager at Intel Saudi. He further said “the quality of Saudi participants has grown year over year and received this year 7 awards, they were among the best globally. We succeeded through our cooperation with Mawhiba in achieving this great result. We are thankful to Allah, then to the great organization and careful selection of projects which reflecting the variety of youth's talents and capacities that demonstrates the Kingdom’s ongoing investment in youth and education.”

This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured approximately 1,700 young scientists selected from more than 75 countries. In addition to the top winners, approximately 600 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 20 "Best of Category" winners, who each received a $5,000 prize.

Intel ISEF honors the world’s most promising young scientists and inventors. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.


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