Youth Science Canada News

Team Canada earns four awards at virtual Regeneron ISEF 2021

Ottawa, June 10, 2021 – Eight students participated as members of Team Canada-ISEF at this year’s virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), May 16 to 21, and they represented the country extremely well, earning several awards.

“Canadian students excelled again at this year’s virtual ISEF”, says Prof. Patrick Whippey, chair of Team Canada’s selection panel. “During the six-day event, each student showed grit and determination to push past the challenges of a pandemic and deliver excellent online presentations that demonstrated imagination, critical thinking and scientific merit.”

Awards presented to Team Canada-ISEF during the 2021 virtual event include:

First Award – Translational Medical Science, $5,000, sponsored by Regeneron
Tienlan Sun, Eric Hamber Secondary School, British Columbia
TeleAEye: Low-Cost Automated Eye Disease Diagnosis Using a Novel Smartphone Fundus Camera With AI

Third Award – Microbiology, $1,000, sponsored by Reneger
Dheiksha Jayasankar, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Ontario
Smiglacide-C: A Novel Antibacterial Saponin from Annona muricata

Fourth Award – Biomedical and Health Sciences, $500, sponsored by Reneger
Haolin Li, Crescent School, Ontario
Jason Junwen Teng, Crescent School, Ontario
Analysis of the Correlation Between Immunogenomic Phenotype and Patient Outcomes for Prostate Cancer

Fourth Award – Earth and Environmental Sciences, $500, sponsored by National Geographic Society
Rowan Ross, Burnaby North Secondary School, British Columbia
Yuntong Li, Burnaby North Secondary School, British Columbia
A Novel Approach to Bio-Friendly Microplastic Extraction with Ascidians

“Canada is a recognized leader in youth science,” says Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Canada. “This global reputation is based on the work of young people like those in our delegation who dare to ask hard questions, challenge current ways of thinking and apply themselves to improving the world through inquiry and STEM. Their success at ISEF is a testament to the exceptional talent of the young Canadian innovators of today and a preview of where science is headed in Canada.”

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About Youth Science Canada
Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through STEM projects. A registered charity incorporated in 1962, YSC delivers on its mission through national programs including mySTEMspace, the National STEM Fair Network, Canada-Wide Science Fair, STEM Expo, “Team Canada” representation at international fairs and Smarter Science professional development for teachers. Through these programs, YSC provides direct support to the more than 500,000 students who do STEM projects in any given year.