IUSD Students Excel at State Science and Engineering Fair

California Science and Engineering Fair

IUSD students excelled at the recent State Science and Engineering Fair, with 10 students securing top-four positions in their respective division categories, alongside numerous honorable mentions. Several IUSD students also took home sponsored awards such as the Most Innovative Alternative Energy Project and the Regeneron Biomedical Science Award. 

The California Science & Engineering Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6-12. This year, 857 participants from 344 schools across the State showcased 704 projects in more than 20 categories, vying for over $40,000 in total awards. Top award winners in the Senior Division have the opportunity to become Finalists in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. In the Junior Division, participants have the chance to take part in the national Thermo-Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge.

Congratulations to the following IUSD students who placed in their categories and to all students who competed in the State competition this year.

Alternative Energy

Third Place, Thermo-Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge Nominee & Most Innovative Alternative Energy Project Awardee
Audrey Kim, Sierra Vista Middle School

Applied Mechanics and Structures

Third Place & Thermo-Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge Nominee
Brandon Shen-Xu, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Second Place
Mahima Wuppalapati, Beacon Park K-8

Computational System 2

Third Place
Yash Malani & Nirmit Shah, Portola High School

Computational Systems & Analysis 1

Second Place
Sebastian Alexis, Northwood High School

Earth & Environment Soil & Pollution

Second Place
Sophia Dai, University High School

Fourth Place
Justin Pollack, University High School


First Place
Matthew Chang, Woodbridge High School

Product Science

Third Place
Haemyung Kim, Cadence Park K-8


First Place
Annika Chatterjee, University High School

For more information on the State competition and individual projects, visit the California Science and Engineering Fair's website.