North Dakota high schooler wins major scholarship at International Science and Engineering Fair

  • Friday, June 08, 2018
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Award winners have been announced for Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that was held in Pittsburgh, Penn., recently. Among the winners was Cavalier, N.D., native Alyssa Kemp, the Senior Division’s third place winner at the 68th Annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair, held in the UND Memorial Union in April.

In Pittsburgh, Kemp won two very generous scholarships from Arizona State University and Drexel University—the Intel ISEF Scholarship and Full Tuition scholarship, respectively—for her poster Buffering the Bloom: The Effect of Nutrient Management Practices on Pond Eutrophication.”

Kemp’s trip was aided by the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and coordinated the State Science Fair that sent Alyssa to Pittsburgh. The immediate goal of INBRE is to build biomedical research capacity by serving research universities, baccalaureate institutions, and tribal colleges within the state. This will ultimately increase the number of North Dakota students entering the technical, educational, and health professional workforce pipeline in the state.

Kemp and fellow North Dakotans Abigail Post and Juliann Spilman were among the approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories who were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes at the ISEF. The three students were the overall top three in North Dakota out of twelve qualifying students in the state.