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CWSF 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario

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Chris - I am currently a grade twelve student at Centennial C.V.I in Guelph, Ontario. My lab partner, Pinky Langat, and I competed in the Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair and won the Award of Excellence, an Award of Merit, the Best of Engineering, a Gold Medal for Senior Engineering and the Hydro One Award. I am also heavily involved in music, playing drums in my high school symphonic and jazz bands and a jazz sextet outside of school. I rock climb, bike, hike and winter-camp. I am currently participating in a four course, full semester, intensive environmental and outdoor ed program that focuses on peak oil / climate change and issues related to food and sustainability. I have been accepted into six programs, including Engineering at Queen's University, and plan to go there next year. I have been awarded entrance scholarships at eight universities.
Pinky - My name is Pinky Langat, and I am a Grade 12 student at Centennial CVI. I am a Shad Valley Calgary alumnus and a current 2008 Loran Award Scholar. Some of my involvements include being a co-chair of the Guelph Youth Council, DECA Centennial Chapter President, an executive member of Centennial's social action club Global Outreach, a youth volunteer for Buddha's Light International Association of Toronto, and the Events Coordinator for the social awareness group Student Reach. I recently participated in Forum for Young Canadians, as I am very interested in world issues. I have performed in school drama, musicals, and dance productions. I also play classical piano (and some jazz!), having finished RCM Grade 10 level piano. I am vegetarian, regularly do yoga, swim and have played for Centennial's varsity field hockey team for three years. I hope to improve upon my Mandarin and French language skills. My awards include being a two-time nominee for Guelph's Young Women of Distinction, Event Finalist at International DECA Business Marketing Competition, first and third at McMaster Science Olympics, and past Kiwanis Music Festival Scholarship recipient. I plan to study biochemistry or biomedical science and international relations at an undecided university next year.

Chris Palmer, Pinky Langat

Bright Future of Energy: Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Division:Health Sciences / Environmental Innovation
City:Guelph, ON
School:Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Abstract:The efficiencies of various pigments and electrolytes were analyzed in dye-sensitized solar cells. The optimal pigment was found to be anthocyanin extract from red cabbage, and the most effective electrolyte was found to be a saturated solution of guanidine thiocyanate in water-free ethylene glycol. Investigations on possible effects of GFP as an antioxidant and accessory pigment and of DNA to facilitate electron transfer are continuing.

Awards Value
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$1 000.00
Honourable Mention - Engineering
Sponsor: Youth Science Foundation Canada
Bronze Medal - Environmental Innovation
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, Presented by VIA Rail Canada
Total$2 400.00