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Mahidol University joins the program of Intel, Westinghouse Science Talent Search (STS) Contest in Year 2008

Mahidol University by International College (MUIC) and Faculty of Science (MUSC) cooperate with Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI), USA to host 6 high school senior students in Thailand to conduct their research work under the program of the Intel, Westinghouse Science Talent Search (STS) Contest.

The Science Talent Search (STS) is America’s oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, the competition has provided a national stage for America’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.


Each spring, 40 finalists are selected from a nationwide pool of thousands to attend the week-long Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C. There, students have the opportunity to present their research projects to the general public and members of the scientific community at the National Academy of Sciences, meet with distinguished government leaders and participate in a rigorous judging process. Over US$ 1 million is awarded annually to Intel STS participants and their schools. Awards range from $5,000 scholarship grants and laptop computers for all finalists to the grand prize of a $100,000 college scholarship. Society for Science & the Public receives generous support from the Intel Corporation and the Intel Foundation to present the program and awards for the Intel STS each year.

This year Faculty of Science, Mahidol University is very glad to have 5 American students from “Intel, Westinghouse Science Talent Search (STS)” join us from June 27th to July 30th 2008. The orientation and welcoming by Prof. Skorn Monkolsuk, Dean of the faculty was organized on 30th June 2008 at room K.101, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. The STS students will work in various labs and departments according to their interests as following:

Name of Student
Name of School
Name of Scientist
Topic of research proposal
Mr. Michael Geoghegan

Manhasset School
Dept. of Mathematics
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University
Identification of Model Parameters for Microwave Rubberwood Heating-Drying model using the Differential Evolution (DE) Algorithm
Mr. Thomas Vouzakis

Manhasset School
Dr. Padungsri DUBBS
Dept. of Microbiology
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University
Characterization of antimicrobial resistance genes inserted within class 1 integrons in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii
Ms. Jeongmin Shin

Northwood High School
Dr. Wannapong TRIAMPO
Dept. of Physics
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University
Biophysical studies of cytotoxic effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on human cervical carcinoma in vitro: experimental and computative studies
Ms. Elizabeth Harver

Portsmouth High School
Dr. Chuenchit BOONCHIRD
Dept. of Biotechnology
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University
Antiestrogenic activity of the field-grown medicinal herb Pueraria mirifica evaluated by a yeast estrogen screen (YES)
Mr. Brian Tam

Manhasset School
Dr. Pimchai CHAIYEN
Dept. of Biochemistry
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University
Using of bacterial luciferase as a tool for measuring oxygen concentration

Note : One student from Woodcrest Christian High School, Ms. Otana Jakpor works under guidance of staff from Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University.

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Post date: July 19, 2008


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