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Four Indian students shine at Intel ISEF (Intel Science and Engineering Fair) by winning awards across categories

Aritra Chowdhury also wins Honorable Mention Award of the American Chemical Society

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announces its top winners in San Jose, California.
  • Manosij Ghosh Dastidar & Anarta Roy together wins the Third Place Grand Award, Team Projects, Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical.
  • Kaushik Srivatsan Krishna Swamy wins the Third Place Grand Award, Plant Sciences and Second Award of $500 U.S. savings bond, AVASC-Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation.
  • Aritra Chowdhury wins Honorable Mention Award, American Chemical Society and Fourth Place Grand Award, Chemistry.
  • Amy Chyao of Richardson, Texas, receives the first-place Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO.

New Delhi, May 18, 2010 – Celebrating the world’s brightest student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top winners of the world's largest pre-college science competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Four Indian students were recipients of the prestigious Intel Science and Engineering Fair 2010 at San Jose, California.

Three students from South Point High School, Kolkata emerged as winners - Anarta Roy, Manosij Ghosh Dastidar and Aritra Chowdhury. Manosij and Anarta Roy received $1000 each for winning the Third Place Grand Award, Team projects for their project on the designing of a Novel; Low-cost, Easy to Use, Auto-disposable Syringe. Aritra Chowdhury was awarded an Honorable Mention award for his project on extraction of Natural Carbonaceous Nanomaterials from Soil Sources: Exploration of Properties and Applications. He also won the Fourth place Grand award, Chemistry receiving $500.

Kaushik Srivatsan Krishna Swamy, a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mandya won the Second Award of $500 U.S. savings bond, AVASC-Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation and Third Place Grand Award, Plant Sciences for investigation of Antimicrobial Property of Ervatamia coronaria Flower, receiving $1,000. Amy Chyao, of Richardson, Texas received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, given for the first time in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO.

"The 1,600 youths from around the world who attended last week’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair showed me that the next generation of scientific and technological innovation is exciting and thriving," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "I hope that the energy these high school students exhibit about math and science will inspire yet another generation of innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs which will improve our world."

Dr. Praveen Vishakantaiah, President Intel India said, “As a global technology company, Intel is proud of the work that we do to help shape the global youth community for the future technology revolution. All eight students who represented India at ISEF this year demonstrate the capabilities of our country in the field of Math and Science. Aritra, Manosij, Anarta and Kaushik are winners at a global platform like ISEF and make us all very proud. We wish them all the very best for a bright and prosperous future. All participating students are high scholastic achievers and looking at their capabilities and potential we are convinced that India represents a 21st century knowledge economy nurturing the next generation innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs”

This year, competition consisted of 1,611 young scientists from 59 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the three top prizes, the Intel Foundation awarded $8,000 to each of 19 "Best of Category" winners and also provided $1,000 grants to the winners’ schools and the affiliated fairs they represent. More than 600 additional awards and prizes were provided by dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors for their groundbreaking work.

The following lists the 19 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:

Category Name Hometown
Animal Sciences Gabriel Joachim Corrales, New Mexico
Behavioral and Social Sciences Tamara Gedankien Sao Paulo, Brazil
Biochemistry Alejandro Scaffa Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cellular and Molecular Biology Nolan Kamitaki Hilo, Hawaii
Chemistry Amy Chyao Richardson, Texas
Computer Science Kevin Ellis Vancouver, Washington
Earth and Planetary Sciences Majdolene Khweis Taos, New Mexico
ENG: Electrical and Mechanical James Popper Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
ENG: Materials and Bioengineering Kay Hyun Joo Seoul, South Korea
Energy and Transportation Shyamal Buch Folsom, California
Environmental Management Avilash Cramer West Linn, Oregon
Environmental Sciences Celline Kim Manhasset, New York
Mathematical Sciences Joshua Pfeffer Plainview, New York
Medicine and Health Jong Won McLean, Virginia
Microbiology Thomas Silver Glen Rock, New Jersey
Physics and Astronomy Yale Fan Beaverton, Oregon
Plant Sciences Mason McFarland Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Teams, Life Sciences Melissa McDowell Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Michael McDowell Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Teams, Physical Sciences Akash Krishnan Portland, Oregon
Matthew Fernandez Portland, Oregon

The following lists the winners from India and their categories:

Category Name Hometown
Chemistry Aritra Chowdhury Kolkata
ENGINEERING: Electrical and Mechanical Manosij Ghosh Dastidar Kolkata
ENGINEERING: Electrical and Mechanical Anarta Roy Kolkata
Plant Sciences Kaushik Srivatsan Krishna Swamy Mandya, Karnataka

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit 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.

"We congratulate Amy, Kevin and Yale for having the drive and curiosity to tackle the world's most challenging scientific questions," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public. "The work of these talented students and the other finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair inspire all of us by their dedication to inquiry-based research. We are confident these students will continue their work of solving the problems of tomorrow for years to come."

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 finalists were selected from 539 affiliated fairs around the world. Their projects were then evaluated onsite by more than 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of 6 years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines. A complete listing of finalists is available at www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2010. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional support from dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors. This year Google is the premier sponsor and Silicon Valley host.

More information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 can be found at www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/isef2010. To view ongoing updates, join the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-by-Education/32855637280 and follow Twitter updates at www.twitter.com/intelinspire. Video footage is available at www.thenewsmarket.com/intel. To learn more about Society for Science & the Public, visit www.societyforscience.org.

The Gordon E. Moore Award

For the first time, the Gordon E. Moore award was given to the first-place winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010. The award, accompanied by a $75,000 prize from the Intel Foundation, is given in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO. Moore is best known for “Moore’s Law,” which for more than 45 years has guided the semiconductor industry to deliver ever-more powerful chips while decreasing the cost of electronics. To learn about Moore, visit www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/bios/moore.htm .

The Intel Education Initiative

Intel's commitment to education extends far beyond the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Over the past decade alone, Intel has invested more than $1 billion, and its employees have donated more than 2.5 million hours toward improving education in 50 countries. To learn more about the Intel Education Initiative, visit www.intel.com/education and the CSR@Intel blog at blogs.intel.com/csr . To join Intel's community of people sharing their stories with the hope of becoming a catalyst for action and a voice for change in global education, visit www.inspiredbyeducation.com .

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com .

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