Sixteen-year old Miguel Arnold Reyes placed second in the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’s (ISEF) held in Los Angeles, California. For his prize, an asteroid will be named after him.
ISEF is a collaboration between Intel and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory. Through the latter’s Ceres Connection, asteroids identified by its LINEAR Program are named after deserving students who excel in the fields of science and engineering. LINEAR stands for Lincoln Near Asteroid Research.
Reyes also received a cash prize of US$1,500 for his entry called “Synthesis and Characterization of Composite Plastics from Thermoplastic Starch and Nano-sized Calcium Phosphate for Film Packaging” in the Materials and Bioengineering Category.
A graduate of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS), Reyes is one of the youngest Filipinos to be granted this international distinction of having a celestial body named after him. Former PAGASA Chief Roman Kintanar and PSHS Visayas Campus Director Josette Biyo are among a handful of previous recipients of the merit.
Another Filipino student, Angeli Joyce Dy from Capiz National High School, also placed fourth in the same tilt.
ISEF is an annual forum which allows high school students from all over the world to showcase their independent research. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.