A Hanford High School sophomore won $3,000 for a science project he presented earlier this month in Houston.
Sathvik Ramanan won the Grand Award in the energy category at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering & Environment Project event, which gathers top winners of regional, state and national science fairs.
Ramanan's project was "Effect of Chemical Induction on the Direct Conversion of Cellulose to Aviation Biofuels by Fungi Gliocladium Species." It was carried out in the lab of Birgitte K. Ahring at Washington State University Tri-Cities with the guidance of Aftab Ahamed.
Ramanan was nominated to I-SWEEEP after winning the First Place Gold Award at the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair. The project was entered in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa.