Four Indian-American youngsters are among 40 students who have been named as finalists for this year's Intel Science Talent Search award, billed as the Junior Nobel.
The contest is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition where six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize. The Indian-American finalists for the prestigious competition are Venkat Mikkilineni, Neha Anil Deshpande, Abhinav Rohatgi and Sara Dana Bayefsky Anand.
The finalists will travel to Washington DC in March, where they will undergo a rigorous judging process. The finalists will receive scholarships totalling $530,000, with the top winner walking away with a $100,000 scholarship.
Each finalist will also receive a new laptop run with the Intel CoreTM2 Duo processor. Seventeen-year-old Sohan Venkat Mikkilineni, a student of Detroit Country Day school, has submitted a math project for the contest that analysed determinantal sequences.
17-year-old Neha Anil Deshpande is from New Jersey who is hoping that her zoology project will one day lead to the end of birth defects in human infants. Abhinav Rohatgi, 17, of Garden City High School studied the effects of a gasoline additive on the physiology and mortality of marine mollusks.
And also from New York is Sara Dana Bayefsky Anand, 17. Her zoology project is based on research performed in Israel's Negev Desert on the European free-tailed bat.