Zee Media Bureau
Los Angeles: As Intel announced the names of the winners of its International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), held last week in California, nine Indian students made it to the list at the world`s largest international pre-college science competition.
India`s Abhishek Verma and Daksh Dua from Maharaja Agarsain Public School, Delhi won the top prize of $3,000 in the Animal Sciences category, and the Cultural and Scientific Visit to China Award of $8000 for their project titled ‘Rubus ellipticus: An effective solution against Giardiasis.’
Kopal Gupta and Shreya Nandy of the Amity International School won $2,500 in the ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives category, and a fourth prize of $500 in the Chemistry category for their work about detection and removal of pesticides from fruits and vegetables.
Debapratim Jana of South Point High School, won the First Award of $500 in the Patent and Trademark Office Society category for his project ‘Multi-layered Phytopigments: Promising Alternative Materials for Solar Cell Development.’
Representing the Vivekananda English Medium School, Deeksha Hebbar won a $500 US savings bond from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation, and another $500 in the Animal Sciences category for her project ‘Cashew Tree (Anacardium occidentale): An Effective Treatment for Cattle Dermatitis.’
Jaya Sagar of Government Senior Secondary School, Manali, also won a $500 US savings bond along with a $500 award in the Plant Sciences category for her project ‘Brassica juncea (Mustard) Flowers to Attract Pollinators for Better Malus domestica (Apple) Yield.’
Animesh Tripathi of Sanskriti School, won the Google CS Connect Award of $5,000. Animesh also won $500 in the Computer Science category for his project ‘Optimizing Digital Content for Color-Blind Audiences Using Enhancement Algorithms.’
Also in the winner list is a 14-year old Amrit Sahu from Dav Public School, who won $500 in the Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical category for his project ‘VOICE-O-NATOR: An Aid for the Speech Impaired.’
However, Nathan Han, 15, of Boston was awarded first place for developing a machine learning software tool to study mutations of a gene linked to breast cancer at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Han received the Gordon E Moore Award of $75,000, named in honour of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.
Other big winners were Lennart Kleinwort of Germany, who received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for developing a new mathematical tool for smartphones and tablets that brings capabilities to hand-held devices that previously required more sophisticated and expensive computing tools.
Shannon Xinjing Lee, 17, of Singapore received the other Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for developing a novel electrocatalyst that may be used for batteries of the future.
More than 1,700 young scientists from around the world featured at this year`s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Apart from the top winners, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 17 “Best of Category” winners, who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.
In addition, a select number of students with experiential awards, have been chosen for a 11-day trip to China to attend the country’s largest national science competition, speak with researchers at Intel’s lab in Shanghai, and visit the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.
At the Intel ISEF event, these young scientists share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than USD 5 million in awards and scholarships.