Published: May 28, 2013

Fairview High School student Michael Chen, 16, has had a busy spring award season. Michael has conducted research on zeolite membranes in the Falconer lab under the guidance of Associate Professor Hans Funke since the Fall of 2012, and his work has recently been acclaimed at the national level.

Michael started off by winning 1st Place Overall at the Colorado/Wyoming Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Laramie in March. He then won several awards at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in April, and subsequently won 3rd Place in Chemistry at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Dayton in May.

To cap everything off, Michael won first place in the Chemistry Division at the Intel Science Fair for his work titled, "The Effects of Operating conditions on Gas Transport Mechanisms through SAPO-34 Zeolite Membranes."  He also had an asteroid named after himself.

Congratulations on your many achievements, Michael!