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RAGHAVENDRA RAMACHANDERAN FROM CHENNAI WINS GRAND AWARD AT INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2012

Wins First Place Grand Award in Chemistry for his Project on Visible Light Deoxygenation

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
  • The world’s largest high school science research competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Pittsburgh
  • Raghavendra Ramachanderan wins First Place Grand Award for Chemistry and the Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Trip Prize
  • Six Indian students were recipients of awards at ISEF 2012

New Delhi, India, May 19, 2012 – Rising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world were recognized today as Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top winners of the world's largest high school science research competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Raghavendra Ramachanderan from won the First Place in Grand Award for Chemistry and also the Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Trip Prize which includes a trip to the Nobel ceremony in Sweden.

Saral and Nishi Paliwal from New Delhi won the Third Place Grand Award in Microbiology, Onkar Singh Gujaral from Kolkata won the Fourth Place Grand Award in Computer Science, Sindura Saraswathi from Puttur won the Second Award sponsored by Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation for Environmental Sciences and Gargi Pare from Ujjain won Second Award from the LANXESS Corporation in Chemistry.

“We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we know that math and science are imperative to future global growth” said Praveen Vishakantaiah, President, Intel India. “This competition encourages millions of students to engage their skills for innovation to develop promising solutions for global challenges.”

This year, more than 1,500 young scientists were selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 446 affiliate fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the winners mentioned above, more than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Awards included 17 "Best of Category" winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the winners from India

Student School and City Project Title Category Awards
Raghavendra Ramachanderan St. John's International Residential School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Visible Light Deoxygenation Chemistry First Place Grand Award, Chemistry--$3,000.00; Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Trip Prize -- trip to the Nobel ceremony in Sweden
Saral Baweja and Nishi Paliwal Maharaja Agarsain Public School, New Delhi Phosphate solubilizing action of Bacillus subtilis on Bone meal: An Eco-friendly biofertilizer for crop improvement. Microbiology Third Place Grand Award, Microbiology--$1,000.00
Onkar Singh Gujaral La Martiniere For Boys School, Kolkata, West Bengal Novel Approach to Detection of malignancy in Biopsy Tissues By Image Analysis Computer Science Fourth Place Grand Award, Computer Science--$500.00
Sindura Saraswathi Vivekananda English Medium High School, Puttur, Karnataka Eco-friendly Pesticide for control of Tea Mosquito Bug (Helopeltis antonii sign.) in Theobroma cacao L. Environmental Sciences Second Award of $500 U.S. savings bond, Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation
Gargi Pare St. Mary's Convent Senior Secondary School, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh Nano Zero Valent Iron: solution for coloured wastewater remediation. Chemistry Second Award of $ 1,000, LANXESS Corporation

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950, as the National Science Fair.

"We congratulate Raghavendra Ramachanderan and all the students from India on their success at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,” said Ashutosh Chadha, Director - Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia. “Raghavendra and all the other finalists this week, further demonstrate how a background of STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) education creates the breeding ground for creativity and ingenuity that will help solve the pressing issues of the future."

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs around the world. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations.

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