Washington: Eight Indian-American students are among the 40 finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, America`s premier national science research competition for high school seniors.
Finalists come from 33 schools in 14 states and represent the country`s best and brightest young scientists. The Intel Science Talent Search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop skills to help solve some of the world`s greatest challenges.
Finalists will attend the Intel Science Talent Institute from March 6-12 in Washington, DC to compete for $630,000 in awards, including a grand prize of $100,000 that will be awarded to the first-place winner.
The Indian finalists, and their respective projects, are:
Vishnu Shankar - Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California - "3D Structure of Human DP Prostaglandin G-protein Coupled Receptor Bound to Selective Antagonists from GEnSeMBLE Predictions".
Sreyas Misra - The Harker School in San Jose, California - "Design and Characterisation of a Novel Single-headed and Hand-held PET Camera Using 511 keV Photon Collimation via Compton Scatter".
Rahul Siddharth Mehta - The University of Chicago Laboratory High School in Chicago, Illinois - "A New Max-Flow Algorithm for Sparse Networks".
Anand Srinivasan - Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia - "RNNScan: Eukaryotic Gene Prediction via Recurrent Neural Networks Utilising Local-Feature Extraction".
Ajay Saini - Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts - "Predictive Modelling of Opinion and Connectivity Dynamics in Social Networks".
Anubhav Guha - Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York - "Discovery of Rare Earth Oxide Nanoparticles as Agents for Prolonging Fluorescence Imaging in Biological and Other Systems: Fluorescence Studies from Single Molecules and Dispersions".
Preeti Kakani - Jericho Senior High School in Jericho, New York - "Differential Gene Expression Prior to Eye Opening in Mouse Superior Colliculus".
Parth Thakker - The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina - "Design, Assembly, and Optimisation of Novel ZnxSeAgy Biocompatible Quantum Dot Sensitised Solar Cells".