On April 1 in Athens, Georgia, thousands of Georgia middle and high school students packed the Classic Center auditorium for the awards ceremony of the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF). The event, hosted by GPB’s Rickey Bevington and live streamed online, showcased hundreds of winners. Awards included cash prizes, shiny plaques, and brand new computers. 

The Georgia Science and Engineering Fair is a culmination of many months’ hard work and the progression through several local and regional rounds of competition, and GPB extends tremendous congratulations to all of the participants. Though there were many awards presented during the two-hour long ceremony, the following were given to the top projects, including four that will be presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


Anderson Thrasher, Andrea Augustine, Benjamin Breer, and Vikram Ruppa-Kasani will present their projects at ISEF in May.

Pinnacle Winner

Anderson Thrasher, Henry W. Grady High School

The Search for New Born Stars: Observing Bok Globules

Intel ISEF Trip Winners

Anderson Thrasher, Henry W. Grady High School

The Search for New Born Stars: Observing Bok Globules

Andrea Augustine, Eagle’s Landing High School

Characterizing Effect of Glutamine Position on Aβ Fiber Structure

Benjamin Breer, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Orbital Trajectory Deviation Patterns of the Galilean Satellites

Vikram Ruppa-Kasani, Chattahoochee High School

Combating Superbugs Using Multifunctional Carbon Dots

Merial Intel ISEF Trip Observer Winners

Caitlin van Zyl & Jacqueline van Zyl, McIntosh High School

Think, Type - A Mind Controlled Keyboard for the Disabled 

This year, ISEF will be held in Los Angeles, California, from May 14-19, 2017. These four winners will join approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories for the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.

Miss the April 1st live stream? Watch the full awards ceremony here!

About GSEF

GSEF is Georgia’s premier forum for students to showcase their original research, compete for awards, and interact with top-level professional scientists. The science fair system in Georgia serves not only to recognize students for their achievements, but also to prepare students to succeed and flourish in an increasingly complex and highly technical world by becoming problem solvers, critical thinkers, reflective learners, and more productive and influential members of their communities. GSEF is held annually in March/early April at the Classic Center in downtown Athens, Georgia.