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OC Science is a student-run, non-profit organization working to inspire and spread interest in science and engineering among youth in Orange County.

The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) & OC Science partnered up to present In Search of Excellence: High School Research Showcase on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Hurlbut Theater at St. Margaret's Episcopal School. The event celebrated OCSEF's 60th anniversary!


See photos below. (Photos coming soon!)


The High School Research Showcase featured Orange County's best and brightest high school researchers...

The talented individuals--both high school seniors--listed below shared personal experiences in high school science fair research and competitions.

  • Jennifer McCleary
    • Siemens Competition 2014 Semifinalist
    • Intel STS 2015 Finalist
  • Aileen Wang
    • Siemens Competition 2014 Regional Finalist ($1000 scholarship)
    • Intel STS 2015 Semifinalist


And a special keynote by Dr. James Li!

Our keynote speaker was Dr. James Li, Co-president to the OCSEF Board of Directors. He presented on on How to Conduct a Winning Science Project. After receiving his Ph.D. from USC, Dr. Li joined the research faculty at Utah State University and has since published over 20 research papers. After 15 years of serving as the CEO of a high tech company, he found his calling in educating talented youth and founded Avid Academy for Gifted Youth. Since then, he has mentored many students, including 4 Intel STS finalists, in science research. In his presentation, Dr. Li will share his experience and advice with students and parents on critical factors in conducting successful science research.


About Siemens and Intel STS

The Siemens Foundation’s Math, Science & Technology Competition and Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) are a few of many advanced research competitions offered to high school students. The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes students who display remarkable talents in challenging themselves through science research. The competition gives them opportunities to achieve national recognition for their science research projects. The Intel STS is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science. 40 students are selected as finalists from a pool of 300 semifinalists.


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