Three Indian Americans among top 10 US high school scientists


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Three Indian Americans among top 10 US high school scientists

11 Mar 2009, 1149 hrs IST, PTI

WASHINGTON: Three Indian-Americans have figured among the top 10 high school US scientists selected by semiconductor giant Intel through a
rigorous nationwide competition involving hundreds of students.

Called the next generation of American innovators, results of the Intel Science Talent Search 2009 were announced yesterday and the awards were presented by the Intel Chairman Craig Barrett.

The three Indian-Americans who figured in the top ten young American scientists were Narendra Tallapragada from Virginia (ranked four), Preya Shah from New York (ranked eight) and Nilesh Tripuraneni from California (ranked ninth).

While Narendra received a cash prize of USD 25,000; Preya and Nilesh got USD 20,000 each. Eric Larson, from Oregon won the top award, a USD 100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, for his research project classifying mathematical objects called fusion categories.

Tallapragada 17, of Burke, Virginia used a "bottom up" atomic level approach to develop a complete theory for the bulk electrical properties of one type of crystalline solid for his Intel Science Talent Search project in physics.

Preya Shah, 17, from Setauket, New York, has designed and synthesised a novel tumor-targeting conjugate drug for cancer treatment

This, Shah, believes represents a new generation of chemotherapy agent.

Nilesh, 18, of Fresno, California has formulating a set of hydrodynamic equations, which may provide a potential method to better understand the first movements of the universe and could aid in the development of a quantum theory of gravity.

The top 10 young American scientists were selected from the finalists of 40, who were chosen from about 1,600 participating students from all over the country.

On Monday, these 40 finalists, including nine Indian Americans met US President Barack Obama at the White House.

"At a time when our country requires innovation to spur economic growth, it is inspiring to see such talented young people using critical thinking skills to find solutions to scientific challenges," said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett.

"These 40 scientists not only represent hope for America to remain competitive in the global economy, but also verify the power of investing in math and science."

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