ASP and IAPPP Award College Scholarships at the 2002 Intel International
Science & Engineering Fair in Louisville, Kentucky
high school students, Matthew Douglas Apau Jachowski and Harish
Gautam Khandrika were presented with the 2002 Priscilla and Bart
Bok Awards by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and Astronomical
Society of the Pacific (ASP). Their outstanding astronomical research
projects were exhibited at the 53rd annual Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held in Louisville, Kentucky during
2-18 May 2002.
a 16-year-old from Maui High School in Kahului, Hawaii, won the
AAS-ASP Bok First Place Award and a $5000 scholarship his project
"Effect of Observation Timing on Initial Orbit Determination
Accuracy." Jachowski investigated how the precision of orbital
elements determined for several asteroids are affected by the times
observations are gathered and by the computational techniques used.
Jachowski's teacher/sponsor was Keith Imada.
14, from La Jolla High School in La Jolla, California, won the AAS-ASP
Bok Second Place Award and a $3000 scholarship his project "Evidence
for Decay of 44Titanium to 44Calcium in Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia
A." Using Compton Gamma Ray Observatory data, Khandrika measured
the isotopic abundances in Cass A and found evidence for the formation
and decay of 44Ti, indicating that the stellar remnant is a neutron
star, rather than a black hole. Khandrika's teacher/sponsor was
AAS-ASP judging team consisted of Drs. Terry Oswalt of the Florida
Institute of Technology, Douglas Hall of Vanderbilt University and
Jay White of Rhodes College. Oswalt presented the Bok Awards on
behalf of the AAS and ASP during the Special Awards ceremonies,
held at the Louisville Convention Center on Thursday evening, May
AAS, ASP and IAPPP have co-sponsored special awards in astronomy
at the annual ISEF since 1991.