Mike Harlin, CIPA Science Fair Committee Co-Chair and intellectual property attorney with McAndrews Held & Molloy Ltd., instructs the law student and attorney judges on the procedures for judging the Chicago Public Schools Science Fair projects. Both the students and the attorneys expressed amazement at the high level of the projects. “It was a great experience for all the law students,” said Chicago-Kent student Mark Hanson. “We found our interaction with the high school students very rewarding.”
The three student winners showed remarkable creativity and effort. The first place winner of the $500 prize is Shaun Humes, a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. Shaun’s entry is entitled, “The Turbine-Controlled RAM Air Intake.” CIPA will also assist Shaun in preparing and filing a patent application.
The $300 second prize was awarded to Kelsey Riley of Kenwood Academy High School for her project entitled, “Extracellular Preservation of DNA.” Marguerite Korenblit of Lincoln Park High School won the third prize of $200 for her project entitled “5A12 MAB to Keratan Sulfate as a New Tool.” In addition to the cash prizes, each of the winners will also receive award plaques and congratulatory letters from CIPA.
“It is always gratifying to see how many lawyers and law students are willing to volunteer their time for the science fair,” said Steve Parmelee, a Chicago patent attorney and member of CIPA’s science fair committee.