From more than 1,700 entrants representing 467 high schools across the nation, Lynbrook High School comes shining through with four semi-finalists in what is arguably one of the most prestigious pre-college science competitions. And Cupertino can boast an additional student from The Harker School in San Jose.
Cupertino Patch will provide a closer look at the students and their projects at a later date.
The Intel Science Talent Search released the names of the 300 students who will receive a $1,000 award and go on to compete to land in a pool of 40 finalists. The top winner will walk away with $100,000.
The competition is part of a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and has seen seven alumnus go on to become Nobel Laureates, two receive the Fields Medal, five earned the National Medal of Science and more earned a host of other awards.
The competition began in 1942 in partnership with Westinghouse and then in 1998 it partnered with Intel.
Making it to the semifinalist round is a badge of honor and the students are provided with a certificate of accomplishment to send along with college admission or scholarship applications.
From the group of 300 semifinalists, Intel will narrow that to 40 finalists who will be chosen to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC from March 7–13. More judging will occur and the group will ultimately share $630,000 in awards.
Among the 300 semifinalists are these students (along with the projects that earned them entry) from Cupertino and surrounding areas:
Paulomi Bhattacharya, 18, Cupertino
A Novel AAA-ATPase p97/VCP Inhibitor Lead for Multiple Myeloma by Fragment-Based
Drug Design: A Computational Binding Model and NMR/SPR-Based Validation
Deniz Celik, 17, Sunnyvale
Computation of the Cell Phone-Induced SAR Distribution in a 3D Multi-Layered Model
of the Human Head/Brain using Finite Element Analysis
Andrew Luo, 17, Los Altos
The Kinematics of Andromeda’s Diffuse Ionized Gas Disk
Ashvin Anand Swaminathan, 17, Cupertino
Surreal Analysis: An Analogue of Real Analysis for Surreal Numbers
Los Altos High School
Jerry Liu, 17, Mountain View
Modeling the Lithiation of Crystalline-Amorphous Silicon Nanowires using
the Lattice Boltzmann Method
Lynbrook High School
Johnny Ho, 17
Gene Network Analysis of Mental Disorders using Bootstrapped Bayesian Multinets
on Gene Expression Data
Eesha Khare, 17, Saratoga
Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Core-Shell Nanorods
for Flexible High-Performance Supercapacitors
Jack Ryan Takahashi, 17, Saratoga
Wnt Independent b-catenin Activation Is Associated with Increased Pulmonary Artery Smooth
Muscle Cell Proliferation in Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Eric Xu, 17
The Effects of Hydrostatic and Uniaxial Pressure on the Crystallographic Structure and Optical
Properties of Scintillator CsI(Tl) for Nuclear Radiation Detection
Saratoga High School
Niharika Milind Bedekar, 17
A Novel Environmentally Promising Alternative to Lead-Based Piezoelectric Materials—A Study of Lead Free (NaK)(NbSb)O3-LiTaO3-BaZrO3 Ceramics
Amanda Yuling Chow, 17
Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Furfural using Solid Polymer Electrolyte Electrolyzer
Kevin Garbe, 17
Patterns in the Coefficients of Powers of Polynomials over a Finite Field