16.05.2016, Istanbul; The award ceremony of the “International Research Projects Contest,” held annually by the MEF Educational Institutions since 1992, took place on May 13, 2016 at MEF Schools Ulus Campus, in Istanbul, Turkey. Since its establishment in 1992, the contest has been encouraging high school students to carry out scientific research.
Amongst the 579 projects submitted from 27 countries, only a 100 from 21 countries were found to qualify for the final round. The projects had a contemporary focus, including but not limited to areas such as environment technologies, energy storage, herbal treatment methods, water purification, prevention of corrosion in cosmetic products, new polymer and nano-materials, increasing of green zones, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and improving the durability of buildings against explosions and impacts.
This year’s projects, exhibited at MEF Schools for three days from May 10 for the public’s and jury’s viewing, were mostly the results of collaborations between the competing students, private sector, and universities as the students attempted to make best use of modern technologies. The 100 projects submitted by 169 students had made it through the preselection and had been evaluated by a jury, who agreed on the fact that the projects were qualified enough to be implemented in the industry if they were to be further developed.
Marking its 25th year, the contest, which was open to all applications from the youth except MEF Educational Institutions’ own students, featured projects from students who seemed to have mastered their subjects through the knowledge they accumulated as they worked on their projects.
Students, notably from Azerbaijan; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Georgia; Iraq; Kosovo; Kyrgyzstan; Macedonia; Malaysia; Mexico; Montenegro; the Philippines; Poland; Qatar; Romania; Slovenia; Sweden; Turkey; Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; and Ukraine, had the honor of representing their countries on an international platform.
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE FIRST PLACE (NATIONAL)
Physics: İzmir Özel Tevfik Fikret Science High School
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Chemistry: Izmir Science High School
Developing Nano-Material Against Aging
Biology: Private Ege High School
Future Key in Food Packaging: K.E.Y.
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE FIRST PLACE (INTERNATIONAL)
Physics: S. Staszic High School, Poland
Brain Hyperthermia in Computational Research of its Influence on Brain Functioning
Chemistry: II Batory High School in Warsaw, Poland
Inhibitory activity of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger and onion in comparison to antibiotics on isolates of gram-negative Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis.
Biology: Baku European Lyceum , Azerbaijan
Effect of Nanoparticles on Plant Growth and Their Salt
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE SECOND PLACE (NATIONAL)
Physics: Keşan Yusuf Çapraz Anatolian High School
Chemistry: İzmir Private Fatih Science High School
Developing Paper Based Bio-Sensing Platform for Unaided Eye Detection of Biomarker of Lung Cancer associated with microRNA
Biology: Güzelbahçe İMKB Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School
SUB-YE! Increasing of Economic Value of Sepia officinalis by Producing Healthy Chips from This Living Being
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE SECOND PLACE (INTERNATIONAL)
Physics: XV. Gymnasia Zagreb , Croatia
Optical Recognition of Facial Biometric Features Using Digital Holography
Chemistry: LEPL Sachkhere Ilia Chavchavadze Public School #2, Georgia
Obtaining Resistant Hydroxyapatite Nanocrystalline Drugs for Dentistry and Bone Tissue Regeneration
Biology: Tbilisi Classical Gymnasium , Georgia
Influence of Some Food Additive “Cocktail Effect” on Laboratory Rats’ Behaviors and Internal Organs
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE THIRD PLACE (NATIONAL)
Physics: Özel Küçük Prens High School
Qualitative Study of Fuels by the Surface Plasmon Resonance Method
Chemistry: Kuleli Military High School
Bringing Permanent Antibacterial Characteristic to Fabric thanks to a new Compound Created from Thyme Oil and Quaternary Ammonium Salt
Biology: Prof. Dr. İlhan Kılıçözlü Science High School
A new Solidifier from Anatolia for Bacteria Nutrient Media: Tragacanth
PROJECTS THAT TOOK THE THIRD PLACE (INTERNATIONAL)
Physics: Josif Josifovski High School, Macedonia
Construction of Simple Inexpensive Mobile Personal Solar Collector suitable for people in developing countries whit the same efficiency and functionality as other
Chemistry: JU Gimnazija Obala , Bosnia Herzegovina
Base Hydrolysis of Edible Oils Emulsified Bovine Bile
Biology: Secondary Medical School at The City of Skopje “D-r Panche Karagjozov”, Macedonia
The venom from Vipera ammodytes with possibilities to treat patients with hemophilia.
BESIKTAS MUNICIPALITY SPECIAL AWARDS
Physics: Samsun Özel Şahinoğlu College
Chemistry: Private Aegean Science School
A Recent Step In Phytotherapy
Biology: İzmir Private Fatih Science High School
Study Of Antiapoptotic Effect Of Pioglitazone in The Test Model Of Parkinson Disease Induced By Mpp+
INNOVATION SPECIAL AWARD
İzmir Özel Tevfik Fikret Science High School
Geolocation At Mınes Wıth Tof/Flying Time