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Obama Meets 40 Intel Award Finalists, 13 of them Indian Americans

It may be difficult to get into Indian’s National talent Search Exam for many but once out of India, many of them shine better and the latest news to showcase is that three Indian-Americans have won medals in the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, America’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.

US President Barack Obama met the three medal winners along with the 40 finalists at the White House on March 11. In all, 13 Indians were there in the finalists and three of them were medal winners.

Noah Golowich, Andrew Jin and Michael Hofmann Winer each received first-place awards of $150,000 at the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, a program of Society for Science & the Public.(Society for Science)

The finalists took home awards totalling more than $1 million with Noah Golowich, Andrew Jin and Michael Hofmann Winer each receiving first-place awards of $150,000 in the competition conducted by the US Society for Science and the Public.

In addition to the top awards, 3 second-place winners received awards of $75,000 and three third-place winners received awards of $35,000.

Indian-American Saranesh (Saran) Thanika Prembabu, 17, of San Ramon, California, won the Second Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation.

Saran studied how varying the layers of lead titanate and strontium ruthenate in nanocrystal superlattices can affect their electrical and magnetic properties, which could be harnessed for a variety of electrical and computing applications.

Shashwat Kishore, 18, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research.

Kishore’s math project focused on representing abstract algebras using matrices. His work developed a new relationship between these matrices and topology.

Anvita Gupta, 17, of Scottsdale, Arizona, also won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good.

Gupta used machine learning to “teach” a computer to identify potential drugs for cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola. Preclinical trials are already underway in China on the tuberculosis drugs that she identified.

The top winners and other finalists from across the United States took home awards totaling more than $1 million.

The Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition, recognizes 40 high school seniors who are poised to create new technologies that impact people’s lives.

Starting this year, the Intel Science Talent Search tripled the top awards. In place of the previous grand prize of $100,000, three first-place Medal of Distinction awards of $150,000 were presented to students who showed exceptional scientific potential in three categories — Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation.

Over the past decade, Intel and the Intel Foundation have invested more than $1 billion, and Intel employees have donated close to 4 million hours toward improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in more than 100 countries, regions and territories.

This year’s finalists hail from 36 schools in 18 states. In all, 1,844 high school seniors entered the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, 300 of them reached semifinal stage in January and of those, 40 were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 9 awards.

These finalists join the ranks of other notable alumni, who over the past 74 years, have gone on to win 8 Nobel Prizes, 2 Fields Medals, 5 National Medals of Science, 12 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even one Academy Award for Best Actress.

Here is the list of top 13 Indian Americans:

Anandapadmanaban, Eswar
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ
The ThereNIM: A Touch-less Respiratory Monitor

Chemparathy, Augustine George
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
Accumulation of the Biodiesel Precursor Triacylglycerol Offsets Oxidative Stress in the Model Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Firester, Kalia D.
Hunter College High School, New York, NY
The Role of Fatty Acid and Retinol Binding Proteins (FARs) During Host Parasitism by RKN Meloidogyne spp.

Gupta, Anvita
BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Computational Drug Discovery for Cancer, Tuberculosis, and Ebola by Targeting Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Khare, Somya
Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA
Changes in Growth Rate and Cytoskeletal Activity During the Starvation Response in E. coli

Kishore, Shashwat
Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA
Multiplicity Space Signatures and Applications in Tensor Products of sl2 Representations

Kuditipudi, Rohith
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Network Based Integration of High Throughput Gene Expression and Methylation Data Reveals New Insights into NAFLD Progression

Lall, Kriti
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA
A Novel Bacteria Strain and Bioreactor for Practical Arsenic Water Bioremediation

Pandya, Dhaivat Nitin
Appleton North High School, Appleton, WI
Minimum Cost Linear Network Coding Design for General Connections

Pathak, Reesab
Camas High School, Camas, WA
Cytomegalovirus Vaccine Vectors Induce Universal, MHC-E Restricted CD8+ T cells Against AIDS Virus

Prembabu, Saranesh
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
Coupled Electric and Magnetic Properties in Artificially-Layered Perovskite Thin Films

Raghuvanshi, Anika
Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
Logic Synthesis and a Generalized Notation for Memristor-Realized Material Implication Gates

Tandon, Tanay
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
Topographical Computer Vision Algorithms for Rapid, Low-cost Hematological Diagnostics and Parasite Detection Through Random Forests Classification and van Leeuwenhoek-type Imaging.

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