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NRI teens in final of Jr Nobel contest

Three NRI students are among the 40 teenagers vying for the top prize of US?s 'Junior Nobel'.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 13:31 IST

Three Indian-American school students have made it to the finals of the $530,000 Intel Science Talent Search competition, which is commonly referred to in the US as the 'Junior Nobel'.

Sheela Krishnan of New York, Kiran Reddy Pendri of Connecticut and Sukrit Ranjan of Illinois are among the 40 teenagers vying for the top prize of $100,000 in the US’s oldest pre-college science competition.

The finals will be held in Washington in March. Krishnan, 17, has researched on anti-microbial compounds. Pendri, 17, has synthesised a new type of organic compound, a novel macrocyclic alkene dithiolactone. Ranjan, 18, examined polar cloud formation on Mars in his earth and planetary science project.

He believes his work will lead to new findings on climate changes. Besides the top prize of $100,000 college scholarship, the first and second runner-up will receive scholarships of the value of $75,000 and $50,000.

The next three in the race will get $25,000 each, while the next four will receive $20,000. The remaining 30 finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 13:11 IST