Seven Indians selected for Intel science fair in Pittsburgh

Last Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 14:41

Pittsburgh: Seven young scientists from India have been selected for the Intel world high school science research competition, which began in the US` Pittsburgh this week.
The contest is seeing 1,549 young scientists from around the world vying for the top award, that carries a USD 75,000 grand prize from the Intel Foundation, sources in Intel said.

The awards ceremony will take place on May 18.
The scientists have been selected through 446 affiliate fairs in 68 countries, regions and territories.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a programme of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is sponsored by software company Intel.

The Indian contingent here is a mix of students from Delhi, Chennai, Ujjain, Puttur and Kolkata with innovations in the field of chemistry, maths, bio-physics, bio-chemistry among others.

Raghavendra Ramachanderan, a class 12th student from Chennai has been selected for developing a model for conserving energy through use of visible light Deoxygenation, a process of removal of oxygen atom from alcoholic substrates.

Gargi Pare from Ujjain has been selected for this fair for her solution on waste water treatment with the use of Nano Zero Valent Iron.

In the field of cancer research, Onkar Singh Gujral from Kolkata has been chosen for his novel approach to detection and quantification of malignant biopsy tissues by image analysis.

There is something for farmers, too. Sindura Saraswathi Bangaradka has developed a bio-pesticide for the control of Helopeltis antonii disease in cocoa plant. The 14-year old comes from a small town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

Similarly, Saral Baweja and Nishi Paliwal from Delhi have been picked for their wok on developing a bio-fertiliser for crop improvement.

Shubham Goel, another Delhi resident, is here for his work in the field of mathematics on properties of periods of Primes.

Intel ISEF unites these young scientific minds, showcasing their talent a global stage and helping them to submit their work to judging by doctoral level scientists.

The best research project in the competition will get the Gordon E Moore Award, a USD 75,00 grand prize from the Intel Foundation, given in honour of its co-founder and retired chairman. Two additional research projects will receive Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of USD 50,000, sources said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 14:41

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