EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award
The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® Exit (Intel ISEF) , is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. The 2019 Intel ISEF brought together 1,842 high school students from 80 countries, regions and territories who presented their independent research in competition for approximately $5 million in awards and scholarships. The 2020 Intel ISEF will be in Orange County, CA.
Since 2009, EPA has participated as a Special Award Organization, and shared information about environmental protection with the Intel ISEF participants and visitors. EPA encourages the young innovators to apply science to environmental challenges and recognizes one student whose work demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship with the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award.
In 2011, the EPA Sustainability Award was renamed in honor of Patrick Hurd, who managed the effort behind EPA's first Sustainability Award. Read his blog post Science is Cool and Verle Hansen's blog post Among the Stars to get an idea of what ISEF is like.
EPA's award provides funding for the winning student and a chaperone to participate in and display the student's project at EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. P3 is an annual event that brings together young environmental innovators and scientists to showcase their designs for a sustainable future. The 2019 P3 National Student Design Expo is June 16-17, 2019 in Boston, MA.
The 2019 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award winner is Harshal Agrawal, a senior at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Harshal’s project, “Large-Scale Field Testing of Stropharia Mycelium Buffer Strips for Harmful Algae Bloom Prevention, Year 5,” has a long-term goal of developing a low-cost, eco-friendly, and efficient way of preventing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Read our news release to learn more: Innovative Water Quality Project by New Jersey High School Student Wins EPA Award.
Jacqueline Prawira, a freshman at Mountain House High School in Mountain House, California, received an honorable mention for her project “OceanBioplas: The Plasticity of Marine Exoskeleton-Inspired Materials and their Degradability in the Environment (Soil and Seawater/Saltwater).” Jacqueline’s project used biomimicry to replace single-use plastics with an alternative, biodegradable solution.
Other Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award Winners
- 2018 Melanie Quan U.S. EPA Awards Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award to Walnut Creek, Calif., Student
- Video of Melanie Quan explaining her project: California High School Student Wins EPA Sustainability Award at ISEF 2018 EXIT
- 2017 Adam Nayak Portland student’s plans to “Disrupt” urban flooding win EPA award at world's largest high school science competition
- Hear from Adam about his project. Exit
- 2016 Alexis D’Alessandro New York High School Student Receives Prestigious Award for Developing Clean Drinking Water Project
- 2015 Joshua Zhou Chapel Hill High School Student Receives Prestigious Award for Developing a Low-Cost Method to Reduce Water Pollution/Award presented at world's largest high school science competition
- 2014 Miriam Demasi EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at World’s Largest Science Competition for High School Students/Miriam Terese Demasi wins EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award and will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2015
- 2013 Jacquel Rivers and Arne Nipales EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at Science Competition for High School Students/Jacquel Caron Rivers and Arne Joi Saguni Nipales win the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award, and will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2014
- 2012 Thabit Pulak EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at Science Competition for High School Students / Thabit Pulak, age 16, wins the Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award, and will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2013
- 2011 Param Jaggi EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at Science Competition for High School Students / Param Jaggi Wins Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award
- 2010 John Charles Boykin Can Recycled Plastics be Used to Reduce Landfill Waste, Help Improve the Infrastructure of Buildings, Roads, Highways and Bridges and Reduce Greenhouse Gas? Exit
- 2009 Ryan Cherian Alexander Energy COOL: An Echo of Humming Wind? Exit