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Intel ISEF 2013 Special Awards Organization Profile


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National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health & the Friends of NIDA



Part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest science competition for high school students, the Addiction Science Award is given by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to three exemplary projects on the topic of addiction science.


Why We Participate

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. It is also a treatable disease. Since prevention of drug abuse and treatment of drug addiction are NIDA's primary goals, any research that can help us achieve them is of interest. Projects that focus on these scientific questions are considered for the Addiction Science Award.



2013 Awards Offered

First Award of $2,500

Second Award $1,500

Third Award of $1,000


Picture of 2013 Award Winners



Intel ISEF 2013 Awards

First Award of $2,500

Zarin Rahman

The At-Risk Maturing Brain: Effects of Stress Paradigms on Mood, Memory and Cognition in Adolescents and the Role of the Prefrontal Cortex


Second Award $1,500

Zohaib Moonis

Emory Payne

The Effect of Ethanol on Beta Cell Development in Zebrafish


Third Award of $1,000

Alaina Sonksen

Determining the Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Pentedrone-Based “Bath Salts” on Drosophila melanogaster


SAO Updates

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