Annual Challenge

Challenge Participants

The 2018 Young Scientist Challenge Finalists and State Merit Winners have been announced! Use the tabs below to check out their big ideas and explore all finalists, winners, mentors and judges!
Photocatalytic Rod for Green and Sustainable Water Purification
Deepika Kurup
2012 Winner
Meet Deepika. She created a cost effective and sustainable water-purification system which harnesses solar energy to disinfect contaminated water. Her innovation aims to help improve the lives of the 1.1 billion people around the world who lack access to clean drinking water.
William Albrecht
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Louisiana
Daniel Becher
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Nebraska
Aaron Cecil-Xavier
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Oklahoma
Venkata Chaluvadi
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
South Carolina
Andrew Clark
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Nevada
Alicia de la Serna
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Ohio
Ryan DeLaney
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Kentucky
Timmy DeMember
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Maryland
Zane Dunham
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Utah
Solar Energy System and Natural Fibonacci Sequence
Aidan Dwyer
2012 Finalist
Aidan is a member of Boy Scouts, Band, and Art Club. He also enjoys sailing, track, and golf.
Jai Ganesh
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Pennsylvania
Naren Gaurav
2012 Finalist
Naren participates in Lego Robotics and Science Bowl. He is also learning to speak Mandarin and plays the piano, basketball and chess.
Brandon Gong
2012 Finalist
Brandon is a member of Science Olympiad, Science Club, and Math Club. He also plays the clarinet, piano, and the oboe.
Aayush Goradia
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
New Jersey
McCade Gowdy
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Iowa
Michelle Gu
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Michigan
Maja Guidry
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
District of Columbia
Daniel Hernandez
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
New Mexico
Elliott Hoppe
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Washington
Katie Hudek
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Rhode Island
Christopher Isozaki
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
California
Antaures Jackson
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Georgia
Eric Jenny
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Massachusetts
Oxygen Absorber Bag to Prolong the Shelf-life of Food
Carolyn Jons
2012 Finalist
Carolyn is a member of school orchestra and chamber orchestra. She also enjoys playing soccer and tennis and unicycling.
Kamryn Larsen
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Idaho
Travois with Wheels Helps Parents Carry Children Across the African Desert
Chase Lewis
2012 Finalist
Chase is a member of 4H Club, Math Club, and Boy Scouts. He also enjoys competing in science fairs.
Christopher Lindsay
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Hawaii
Gabriel Mesa
2012 Finalist
Gabriel enjoys playing the saxophone and soccer.
Cole Myers
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Indiana
Brandon Myrick
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Virginia
Nandini Naidu
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Oregon
Ethan Novek
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Connecticut
Emi Otsuki
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Tennessee
Rupa Palanki
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Alabama
Michael Parnell
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Alaska
Nicholas Plandin
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Arizona
Idan Reed
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Kansas
Sean Riera
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Florida
Matthew Ryan
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Wisconsin
Lyndsey Saltz
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Colorado
Chase Saraney
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
North Carolina
A Novel Configuration of Carbon Nanotubes
Anin Sayana
2012 Finalist
Anin is a member of Science Olympiad and Math Club. He also enjoys playing the piano, basketball and tennis.
Ben Shapiro
2012 State Merit Winner
5th grade
New York
Can Summoning a Pharmacist Reduce OTC Drug Errors
Patrick Shea
2012 Finalist
Patrick participates in Science Fairs and competes in basketball, hockey, baseball, golf, and track.
Aishani Sil
2012 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Texas
Eco-friendly Clay to Save Coral
Anishaa Sivakumar
2012 Finalist
Anishaa is a member of Science Club, Math Club, and Science Olympiad. She also enjoys singing, dancing, Taekwondo, and tennis.
Martha Skehan
2012 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Delaware
Emma St. Louis
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Minnesota
Tara Suresh
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Missouri
Ajay Varadhan
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Illinois
Michael Zaluki
2012 State Merit Winner
8th grade
New Hampshire
Concussion Detection
Braeden Benedict
2011 Winner
Meet Braeden. In order to help diagnose concussions, Braedon developed a low-cost impact detection device that can make it easier to spot harmful concussions in athletes.
William Albrecht
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Louisiana
Anti-Slip Shoes for Roofers
Jack Andraka
2011 Finalist
Jack likes to further pursue scientific research by participating in science fairs! He is also a member of the science, math, and engineering clubs. He is involved in the Boy Scouts and likes to stay active by going kayaking.
Andrew Blonsky
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
North Carolina
Clean Energy-Producing Wheels, Capable of Charging a Battery when Spun
Caroline Boschetto
2011 Finalist
Caroline is an active participant in the areas of music and athletics! Her activities consist of theater, flute, piano, guitar, choir, track, cross country, and softball.
Silia Bruchal
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Washington
Aaron Cecil-Xavier
2011 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Oklahoma
Quafae Chahir
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Minnesota
Paco Coursey
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
New Mexico
Alexander Cowan
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
California
Ice Indicating Solution that is Blue when Thawed, Red when Frozen
Austin Curtis
2011 Finalist
Austin enjoys being a part of the math club and competing in science fairs. He stays active by doing karate
Zury Cutler
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
New York
Alec Elston
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Illinois
Melanie Emerson
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Tennessee
Michael Espy
2011 State Merit Winner
Wyoming
Acid Erosion Protection for Teeth
Shayan Farmand
2011 Finalist
Shayan exhibits his passion for science through participating in science fairs, the science club and the math club. He is also a member of the Boy Scouts. Shayan plays the piano and is on the wrestling team.
Devin Goodson
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
West Virginia
Aayush Goradia
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
New Jersey
Claire Graff
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Georgia
Akanksha Gupta
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Kentucky
McKay Harris
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Utah
Foot Monitors for People with Peripheral Neuropathy
John Holtgrewe
2011 Finalist
John enjoys competing in science fairs and is a member of the academic team at his school.
Food Damage Prevention for Homes & Communities
Cheyenne Hua
2011 Finalist
Cheyenne enjoys competing in science fairs and participating in the math club. She knows how to play two musical instruments, piano and flute, and is also a member of the fencing team.
Ryan Kelly
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Oregon
Aidan Kennedy
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Pennsylvania
Parth Khare
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Kansas
Ayush Kumar
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Massachusetts
Deepika Kurup
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
New Hampshire
Oliver Leitner
2011 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Nevada
RFID Device that Alerts a Driver to Upcoming Pedestrian Crosswalks
Nolan Lenard
2011 Finalist
Nolan is a member of the Boy Scouts and B.E.S.T. Robotics. He also enjoys archery.
Ashwin Mahendra
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Florida
John Martin
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Indiana
Aidan McCarty
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Wisconsin
Gabriel Mesa
2011 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Connecticut
Siddharth Nayak
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Maryland
Benny Nielsen
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Iowa
Andrew Olson
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
South Carolina
Rohan Palanki
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Alabama
Michael Parnell
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Alaska
Grace Pereira
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Texas
Arjun Ramachandran
2011 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Ohio
Heat Protection Laptop Case
Divya Ravinder
2011 Finalist
This young scientist has a passion for science and math. Divya participates in science fairs and is a member of the math club, Math Counts, Future Business Leaders of America, and the economics team.
Tara Suresh
2011 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Missouri
William Trevillyan
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
South Dakota
Paige Trexel
2011 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Colorado
Possession Tracking Device
Albert Tung
2011 Finalist
Albert likes competing in science fairs and is in both the science and math clubs. He is also a member of a symphonic orchestra.