Freshman Wins Category at International Science Fair

Freshman, Samantha Marquez (Chesterfield) won Best in Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which was held in Los Angeles this past week.

As one of only 17 Best in Category winners, Samantha was awarded a $5,000 prize. The international fair had 1,500 entrants from 65 countries.

Samantha’s project, entitled “Celloidosomes: A Journey toward the Bioengineering of Artificial Micro-Glands and Micro-Bioreactors,” competed in the category of Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering.

“Samantha’s project presents a method of constructing a biological analogue to a nano technology,” said Maggie Walker science teacher Anna Shore, who accompanied Samantha to the Intel ISEF. “Possible applications include directed pharmaceutical delivery, gene therapy and hormonal transport.”

Samantha represented the Richmond area by being the Grand Prize Winner in the Metro Richmond Science Fair (MRSF) held at Godwin High School on March 19.

“Samantha truly represents the best and brightest young people in the field of science, and we couldn’t be more proud to have her at Maggie Walker, said Director Fred S. Morton IV. “In addition, she is a well-rounded student and athlete with many different interests, and she’s a great representative of our learning community.”

Photo by Anna Shore of Samantha presenting at Intel ISEF: http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/17714521/1/Samantha%20Marquez%20Intel%20ISEF?h=fa2ee3
Intel ISEF homepage: http://www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2011
Intel news release: http://www.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=309