Dual enrolled AWC and high school student, Zeeshan Jawaid, represented AWC at the the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ on May 8-13. Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.
Jawaid was selected to attend Intel ISEF after the quality of his research was judged at the Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) and was deemed to be one of the top seven present. They declared him a finalist with a $2,000 scholarship. APS was one of the sponsors for the fair and selected him to be in the top two at the fair and awarded him another $2,000 scholarship. As one of the 7 selected to represent southern Arizona this year at Intel ISEF, he had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with Governor Doug Ducey on May 6th. This is Jawaid’s second year to be selected for the Intel ISEF.
The research Jawaid conducted was looking at correlations between climate and body size of fossils. The trends that were revealed to him displayed importance both for paleontologists and the trends that are present in animals today and possibly in the future due to the effects of climate change.
In February, Jawaid was honored in Mesa as member of the All-Arizona/USA Academic team, which included a tuition waiver to attend the in-state university of his choice.
As a Carpe Diem High School senior, the 16-year-old Jawaid is part of the AWC dual enrollment program, where students earn both college and high school credit for qualified classes. He has been taking classes at AWC for 5 years and started when he was in middle school. In the fall, he plans on attending Arizona State University to study biochemistry and hopes to eventually double major in mathematics. Jawaid is considering several career options, including quantitative finance, biochemical research or medicine.
(This release was originally dated May 9, 2016, and posted on an earlier version of this website).