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State and County Fairs

The Brain Research Institute sponsors awards at both the Los Angeles County and California State Science Fairs for outstanding projects in neuroscience. At the Los Angeles County Science Fair two award winners, one from the Junior Division and one from the Senior Division, are selected by one or more judges from UCLA. The winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the fair. At the California State Science Fair three special awards (first, second, and third place) in both the Junior and Senior Divisions are presented. Project posters are reviewed by a panel of judges from the Brain Research Institute and the awards are presented at the conclusion of the poster session (2nd and 3rd place) or in the Division awards ceremonies (1st place) at the conclusion of the fair. Each award winner receives a certificate and a cash prize in recognition of their achievement. 

For more information, visit the following links:

LA County Fair
CA State Fair

Recent Winners

LA County Fair 2016
Name School Award
Faatima Zahra Motala Institute of Knowledge in Diamond Bar Winner, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Project: "Joggin' your noggin: the effect of brain training applications on cognitive flexibility of participants who suffer from diminishing mental ability"
Motala used the brain training application "Luminosity" to measure cognitive flexibility of participants 65 and older who suffered from cognitive impairments. She tracked patterns daily over the course of 3 weeks.
Lauren Yen Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Winner, Senior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Project: "Calcium content in neuron changes with light stimulation"
Yen recorded action potentials and calcium changes from worm neurons measuring spiking activity as a function of delivery of different colors of light and intensity.
CA State Fair 2015
Name County Award
Anika Cheerla Santa Clara 1st Place, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Xi-Kai Wu San Diego 2nd Place, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Angelina Taylor Ventura 3rd Place, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Utkarsh Tandon Santa Clara 1st place, Senior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Pravin Ravishankar Santa Clara 2nd place, Senior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Audrey Carman Ventura 3rd place, Senior Division -  for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
LA County Fair 2015
Name School Award
Max Fackrell Aveson Global Leadership Academy Winner, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Braeden Benedict Palos Verdes Peninsula HS Winner, Senior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
CA State Fair 2014
Name County Award
Mythri Ambatipudi Santa Clara Winner, Junior Division - for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute
Pravin Ravishanker Santa Clara Winner, Senior Division -  for an outstanding project related to neuroscience - UCLA Brain Research Institute