Four NRI students named for
Intel Science Talent Search award
Washington, Feb. 03, 2007
Four NRI students: Venkat Mikkilineni, Neha Anil Deshpande, Abhinav
Rohatgi and Sara Dana Bayefsky Anand are among 40 students who have
been named as finalists for 2007's Intel Science Talent Search award.
The top prize is a $100,000 four-year scholarship. The second-place
finalist receives a $75,000 scholarship, and the third-prize winner
gets a $50,000 scholarship. Fourth-through sixth-place finalists
each receive a $25,000 scholarship; seventh-through tenth-prize
winners each receive a $20,000 scholarship. Each finalist will also
receive a new laptop run with the Intel CoreTM2 Duo processor.
- Sohan Venkat Mikkilineni, 17, from Detroit
is a Captain of the FIRST Robotics Club and has received a certificate
of tribute from Governor Granholm for his scientific achievements.
He has submitted a math project for the contest that analysed
- Neha Anil Deshpande, 17, from New Jersey has
submitted her Zoology research project studying subito and pavarotti
genes in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) will one day lead
to the end of birth defects in human infants.
- Abhinav Rohatgi, 17, from New York, Garden
City High School has submitted the effects of MTBE, a gasoline
additive, mortality of marine mollusks and project in environmental
- Sara Dana Bayefsky Anand, 17, from the Abraham Joshua
Heschel School, New York has submitted zoology project
based on research she performed in Israel's Negev Desert on the
European free-tailed bat and recording the echolocation calls
of these wild free-flying bats
The Science Talent Search (STS) is America's oldest and most highly
regarded pre-college science competition. For more than 60 years,
this competition-often referred to as the "junior Nobel Prize"-has
provided an incentive and an arena for U.S. high school seniors
to complete an original research project and have it recognized
by a national jury of highly regarded professional scientists.
In 1998, Intel Corporation assumed sponsorship of the program previously
sponsored by the Westinghouse Foundation as a way to recognize and
reward excellence in science and to encourage more young people
to explore science and technology.
Since assuming the sponsorship, Intel has increased
awards and scholarships from $207,000 to $1,250,000 a year and woven
technology into the program
Each of the 300 students who is named a semifinalist in the Intel
STS receives a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding science research.
These awards are mailed to the semifinalists after the Science Talent
Institute (STI) in March.
Schools: Each school receives an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist
named in the Intel STS. The award must be used to further support
excellence in science, math, or engineering education at the receiving
school. In the case of home schooling, the awards are given to the
affiliated school or school district of the home school. The award
is mailed to the school after the STI in March.