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34 Indian semi-finalists in Intel competition

Thirty-four Indian-American youth are amongst 300 semi-finalists advancing to Intel?s 65th Annual Science Talent Search, reports Shalini Narang .

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 11:55 IST
Shalini Narang
Shalini Narang

Thirty-four teenagers of the Indian-American community were named amongst the 300 semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Often considered the "Junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS is America's oldest, and most prestigious pre-college science competition and is acclaimed for more than six decades of science excellence.

The Intel Foundation awarded $1,000 to each semi-finalist with a matching amount going to his or her school.

Intel implemented the school award in 2000 and since then has contributed more than $2 million to improve math and science in US high schools.

"Intel is committed to encouraging and showcasing America's brightest young scientists," stated Brenda Musilli, Intel director of education.

Commenting on the significance of the student's achievements, Musilli noted, "Becoming an Intel STS semi-finalist shows the world that this teen has exceptional promise and has the potential to become one of tomorrow's great scientists."

Over the past 65 years, STS alumni have received more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors including six Nobel Prizes, three National Medals of Science, ten MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and two Fields Medals.

This year's semi-finalists were selected from 1,558 entrants representing 486 high schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and one overseas school.

Their research projects cover all disciplines of science including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science and medicine and health. Students range in age from 15 to 18 with females representing 53 percent of the total entrants.

More than 100 top scientists from a variety of disciplines review and judge all Intel STS entries and examine each individual's research ability, scientific originality, and creative thinking. From these 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be announced on January 25th.

These students will take an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute.

There they will participate in final judging and compete for college scholarships totaling more than $500,000. Winners will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions and announced at a black-tie banquet on March 14.

The Indian-American youth amongst the semi-finalists include: Ananth Sridhar, Vikram Jairam, Mahncy Mehrotra; Sophie Rengarajan, Raj Ranade; Kiran Pendri; Sukrit Ranjan; Caaminee Pandit; Monika Kumar; Pria Anand; Kiran Bhat.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 15:56 IST