Carpe Diem student heads to International Science Fair
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Carpe Diem student heads to International Science Fair

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  • Chris Weigel/Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School

Zeeshan Jawaid, a sophomore at Carpe Diem Collegiate High School (Yuma), will be travelling to Los Angeles to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel  ISEF).

ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

ISEF will be held this year in Los Angeles, California from May 11th-16th. Intel ISEF unites top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.

Zeeshan participated in the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF), which was held from March 10th-14th. SARSEF 2013 showcased 1,800 top-level research projects, and awarded more than 700 prizes to winners — including cash, science equipment, college scholarships or all-expense-paid trips to international student science fairs.

Zeeshan was awarded 1st Place in the Earth and Planetary Science category. His project, Comparison between Pleistocene Horse Second Phalanges using Bergmann’s Rule, placed him as an ISEF finalist and garnered him a $2000 scholarship to the University of Arizona.

In commenting on his project Zeeshan said, “This project will redefine species determination for horses and other land and other land mammals.”