Wolfram Research Awards Mathematica to Top Students at Intel ISEF 2006
June 28, 2006--Nearly 60 of the world's most talented high school scientists
recently received complimentary copies of Mathematica 5.2 at the 2006
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Continuing a
long-standing commitment to education-related programs and innovative
research, Wolfram Research donated the copies to all first-place
Of the nearly 1500 students participating in the five-day event, many
had already incorporated Mathematica into their research, winning
scholarships and other notable awards on their way to earning a place in
the ISEF finals.
"Pretty much anywhere computers and mathematics are used to solve
problems, you will find Mathematica," said Wolfram Research co-founder
Theodore Gray in presenting the awards. "Mathematica is so often used to
push the limits, to invent new techniques, and to look at problems in
Among the winners, Michael Viscardi, a senior from San Diego, used
Mathematica while solving the century-old Dirichlet Problem--a key
problem in mathematical physics. His groundbreaking research also won
the $100,000 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in 2005.
Other top students included Brett Harrison, a senior from New York
who investigated cyclotomic polynomials in Mathematica, and
Oregon senior Anarghya Vardhana for her Mathematica-based
research into Mersenne numbers.
"The brightest students always seem to use Mathematica," noted Gray,
"and they are the ones who walk away with the prizes."
While Mathematica is already prevalent at high schools and colleges
around the world, these awards will give the winning students a head
start on the next stage of their research. By providing the latest
version of Mathematica for free, Wolfram Research hopes to make it
easier for them to advance their projects outside of class.