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Indian Students Recognized for Research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition and a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Los Angeles.
  • A team from Lafayette, Calif. received the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO.
  • Raghavendra Ramachanderan of Chennai was awarded the Best of Category Award and received the award and US$5,000 for his research into drug synthesis.
  • This is the first time that all the participating Indian students have won awards at the fair

New Delhi, India, May 16, 2011 – Raghavendra Ramachanderan of Chennai was awarded the Best of Category Award in the field of Chemistry at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. He received the award and US$5,000 for his research into drug synthesis.

Ankur Vaishnav and Hetal Vaishnav of Rajkot received a 2nd Place Grand Award in the field of Environmental Management; Manosij Dastidar of Kolkata received a 2nd Place Grand Award in the field of Mathematical Sciences; Pramoda Vishnumurthy and Bhargava Subbanna of Puttur received 3rd Place Grand Award in the field of Environmental Management; Abhishek Khanna and Akansha Verma of New Delhi received a 4th Place Grand Award in the field of Animal Sciences; and Diksha Gupta of New Delhi received an American Society for Microbiology award.

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 the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated fair they represent.

The following lists the Indian students’ performance at Intel ISEF
Category Awards and Prize Money Name City
Chemistry Best of Category Award - Chemistry; US$5,000 Raghavendra Ramachanderan Chennai
Mathematics 2 nd Place: Grand Award - Mathematical Sciences; US$1,500 Manosij Ghosh Dastidar Kolkata
Environmental Science 2 nd Place: Grand Award - Environmental Management; US $1,500 Hetal and Ankur Vaishnav Rajkot
Zoology 4 th Place: Grand Award - Animal Sciences; US $500 Akansha Verma and Abhishek Khanna New Delhi
Environmental Science 3 rd Place: Grand Award - Environmental Management; US $1,000 Pramoda N.V. and Bhargava C.S. Puttur
Botany / Plant Sciences American Society for Microbiology; US$250 Diksha Gupta New Delhi

Matthew Feddersen and Blake Marggraff from Lafayette, Calif. were awarded the top prize. They received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, in honor of the Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO, for developing a potentially more effective and less expensive cancer treatment that places tin metal near a tumor before radiation therapy.

Taylor Wilson from Reno, Nevada was named an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award winner and received $50,000. Taylor developed one of the lowest dose and highest sensitivity interrogation systems for countering nuclear terrorism.

The team of Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon from Thailand also received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. This team determined that a gelatin found in fish scales could be successfully used in modern day food packaging – an invention that could have positive, long-term effects for the environment.

“We champion the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that math and science are imperative for innovation,” said Praveen Vishakantaiah, President, Intel India . “This global competition features youth trying to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through science.”

This year, more than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition. They were selected from 443 affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories, including for the first time France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Macao SAR of the People's Republic of China.

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 the top winners for having the drive and curiosity to tackle these significant scientific questions,” said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public . “Their work, and the work of all of the finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, demonstrates what students can accomplish when they are inspired to pursue inquiry-based research.

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The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists are evaluated onsite by hundreds of 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. A full listing of finalists is available at www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2011 . The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2011 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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