COSAM News Articles 2021 May Announcing winners of Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Announcing winners of Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Published: 05/04/2021

By: Mary Lou Ewald

The Greater East Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GEARSEF), an affiliate fair of the Regeneron International Science Fair, took place on March 22-23 (6th – 8th grades) and March 30 – April 1 (9th – 12 grades) in an entirely virtual format. Over 70 AU faculty, graduate students and industry professionals volunteered to judge over 60 independent STEM research projects produced by students in a 19-county region of southeast Alabama.  The conversion to a virtual fair format was made possible by a grant from the Society for Science, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, that coordinates the Regeneron Fair system.

The three Best of Fair judges - Paul Cobine (Biological Sciences), Virginia Davis (Chemical Engineering), and Chad Rose (Mechanical Engineering) – chose the top three high school projects to advance from GEARSEF to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair that will take place May 3-6 in virtual format. Regeneron ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and will include over 2500 projects from high school students representing 50 countries.  Students advancing to the International Fair from GEARSEF include:

  • 1st place:  Naeim Mahjouri (Auburn High School)
  • 2nd place: Jaeyoung Lee (Auburn High School)
  • 3rd place: Brayden Noh (Auburn High School)

In addition, GEARSEF distributed over $5000 in cash awards to students earning top recognition in discipline categories and special awards. The majority of special awards are sponsored by COSAM departments and units, organizations on campus, and the deans of both COSAM and Engineering.  GEARSEF is co-hosted by COSAM and the College of Engineering. We’d like to thank all the judges, volunteers, and award sponsors who made this year’s Fair a great experience for the students.


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