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CWSF 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario

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Biography
My name is Daniel Burd, a grade 11 student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute. I performed my first “science” experiment involving planting and observing growth of different types of tomato seeds on the balcony of our apartment in Waterloo eleven years ago. Since that time, the ideas and concepts behind the way things work have constantly aroused my interest and have posed numerous questions for me to consider. At school, I am on ABCD Student Council, Charity Controller, Environment club, a peer tutor, and Norse Star newspaper. When I was five years old, I started to play the piano and I have completed my grade 8 piano and grade 2 rudiments at the RCM. Currently, I am learning improvisation and jazz. My jazz music role model is Oscar Peterson. I am a member of Nordic Skiing club, ROW swimming club and Waterloo Tennis Club where I am training for tournaments. I am a volunteer at K-W Science and Technology Children’s Museum. I help organize heritage events in K-W area and I run a charity dog-walking business in my neighborhood for people with disabilities. I fluently speak English, French and Russian and I enjoy spending free time with my friends.

Daniel Burd


Plastic Not Fantastic
Division:Biotechnology / Environmental Innovation
Category:Senior
Region:Waterloo-Wellington
City:Waterloo, ON
School:Waterloo Collegiate Institute
Abstract:Plastic bags, made from polyethylene, are very popular in our daily lives and have a harsh environmental impact on our ecosystems. Two microbial strains belonging to the genus Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas were isolated from a soil microbial consortium and their ability to degrade polyethylene was investigated.

Awards Value
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
$500.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$4 000.00
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
Senior Gold Medallist
Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
$5 625.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $20,000 Entrance Scholarship ($5,000 each year for 4 years)
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$20 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $3000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$3 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$2 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 500.00
Silver Medal - Environmental Innovation
Senior
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, Presented by VIA Rail Canada
$700.00
Gold Medal - Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Senior
Sponsor: Rx&D Health Research Foundation
$1 500.00
EnCana Platinum Award - Best Senior Project
Sponsor: Encana Corporation
$5 000.00
EnCana Best in Fair Award
Sponsor: Encana Corporation
$10 000.00
Total$57 825.00