Indian Americans figure among the 40 finalists for the Intel
Science Talent Search 2012, recognised as America's "most
promising high school seniors with the greatest potential to solve
pressing challenges in the world".
Finalists will gather in Washington, DC in March to compete for
$630,000 in awards with the top winner receiving $100,000 from the
Two of the Indian-American finalists, Saurabh Sharan and Sayoni
Saha are from California, two others Siddhartha Gautama Jena and
Nithin Reddy Tumma are from Michigan and three more are Neel S
Patel from Florida, Anirudh Prabhu from Indiana and Neil Kamlesh
from New York.
"The US needs these talented innovators to go as far and as fast
as they can, solving the world's most critical challenges,
imagining - and creating - a new and better future for us all,"
said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation.
"Math and science are the language and tools of this innovation -
that's why Intel is so proud to invest in these students, and to
advance math and science education for all students," she said.
"Tackling real-world challenges from cancer to Internet security
to alternative energy solutions, this year's finalists are a true
inspiration," said Society President Elizabeth Marincola.
The independent research projects of this year's finalists include
topics such as photodynamic cancer therapy; breast cancer
research; innovative water conservation solutions; fibre optic
research related to Internet data security; alternative energy
solutions; and landmine detection technology.
Young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent
Search over the past 70 years have gone on to receive some of the
world's most prestigious honours, including seven Nobel Prizes,
two Fields Medals, three National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur
Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)