Young Aussies recognised at the 2021 Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair

25 May 2021

Regeneron ISEF logo 2021

The ceremony followed months of preparation and presentations to an international judging panel. Three projects received a Grand Award prizes, recognised with a cash prize, and two projects received Special Award prizes, involving scholarships, internships and prizes provided by organisations representing government, industry and education sectors.

Students who received Grand Awards were Maja Dalby-Olsen for Plant Science, Hannah Jones for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Hadia Bizhan for Chemistry, and Rebecca Paratz for Biomedical Engineering. 

CSIRO extends our thanks to the Australian Science Teachers' Association (ASTA) and state and territory Science Teacher's Associations (STA's) for supporting students in their journey through the Awards program, from state and territory sponsored submissions and onto the national BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. The finalists have thoroughly enjoyed the ISEF experience and the opportunity to enhance their future careers in STEM. 

Please refer below for a full listing of Award winners.


PLANT SCIENCES, sponsored by Society for Science | Second Award of $2,000
Maja Dalby-Ball Olson, Barrenjoey High School, NSW, Australia | PLNT002 — Variation in Flammability of Flora in the Sydney Sandstone Vegetation Community

ROBOTICS AND INTELLIGENT MACHINES, sponsored by Siegel Family Endowment | Third Award of $1,000
Hannah Jones, St Columba Anglican School, NSW, Australia | ROBO001 — RoboBall

CHEMISTRY, sponsored by Society for Science | Second Award of $2,000
Hadia Bizhan , Lyneham High School, ACT, Australia | CHEM007 — Thrown, but Will It Break Down?


International Council on Systems Engineering – INCOSE | Certificate of Honorable Mention
Rebecca Paratz, LabRats Science Club, Kew, VIC, Australia | ENBM014 — The Giraffe Walker

NC State College of Engineering | Award to attend NC State Engineering Summer Camp - Alternates
Hadia Bizhan , Lyneham High School, Watson , ACT, Australia | CHEM007 — Thrown, but Will It Break Down? 


Caitlin Marr and Emily Walter, St Mary’s College, TAS | An investigation into Salix fragilis and the subsequent environmental impacts of its introduction to the Tasmanian landscape

Raihanah Pranggono, Glenunga International High School, SA | Investigating the effects of disaccharides and monosaccharides on the rate of respiration in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae)

For more information

Lizzie Duthie
Communication Manager - Education & Publishing
P: 0409 721 821


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