13 Indian-American students shine in America’s oldest and most prestigious Science competition- Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition, taking home exquisite prize money and recognition.
Indrani Das, 17, New Jersey, won the first prize in this competition, also known as the “Junior Nobel Prize” and took home prize money, worth $250,000 (1.63 Cr) for her outstanding research in treating brain injuries and diseases.
What was her research about?
Das’ research paved a way for increasing the survival rate of neurons affected by brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases. Her research laboratory model was impressive and detailed. What’s inspiring is that this 17 year old girl also mentors other young researchers and tutors while also being a part of a four-person jazz ensemble and playing the piccolo trumpet!
The second prize went to Aaron Yeiser, 18, or his development of a new mathematical method for solving partial differential equations on complicated geometries. He took home prize money worth $175,000.
The third prize went to Indian-American student, Arjun Ramani,18. He blended mathematical field of graph theory with computer programming to answer questions about networks, which is otherwise a very tedious process.
Indian-Americans have always been shining bright in this competition.
Out of 40 finalists, 13 were Indian American, with the 5th, 7th and 9th place also going to Indian-Americans!
Indian-American student Vrinda Madan, 17, was applauded for her research. Her research caters more to the recent problem of deaths due to malaria, and is said to have a lot of scope. She was awarded for her study of 24 potential compounds for the treatment of malaria, in which she found two potential candidates that appear to target the disease-causing organism in a different way and may warrant further study.
The 40 finalists came from 34 schools in 17 states and were chosen from 300 scholars from all over America.
Such talent hunts, recognition, and opportunities help students discover their potential. It feels proud to not only see Indian-Americans excelling so well, but to also see teenagers investing their time and efforts for valuable scientific research to make the world a better place to live in.
Don’t you agree?