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Taiwan bags 12 awards at Intel international science competition

LOS ANGELES -- Taiwan students won 12 awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California this week, the best performance ever by Taiwan in the world's largest pre-college science competition.

The most outstanding Taiwanese competitors were Huang Yi-hsuan from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School and Chen Yu-hsin from Taipei First Girls High School, who each took four awards.

Huang, 17, submitted a project on the mechanistic characterization of a transcription factor bZIP16 in regulating arabidopsis flowering pathways.

He was one of the three winners of the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award that offers an all-expense-paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, which includes attendance at the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

In addition, Huang won the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award and the First Award in the plant sciences category, as well as the Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science First Award.

Chen, 17, won an all-expense-paid trip to attend the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, for her project on increase in tropical cyclone intensity and ocean subsurface warming in the Western North Pacific Ocean.

She also gained the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award and the First Award in the earth and planetary sciences category as well as the Third Award offered by the American Meteorological Society.

Chen Pei-ming, 16, and Chiu Shao-ting, 18, both from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, won the Fourth Award in the microbiology category for their project on the state of parental mitochondria influences on the replicative lifespan of zygotes of saccharomyces cerevisiae.

The pair also snagged the First Award offered by the American Society for Microbiology.

Shen Yu-hsuan, 18, from Taipei First Girls High School, took the Fourth Award in the chemistry category for a project on the synthesis and applications of reusable solid acid catalysts for biofuel production.

Meanwhile, Wang Kuan-yu, 13, from San Min Junior High School in Kaohsiung, won the Fourth Award in mathematical sciences.

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