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Cupertino Students Earn Intel Science Semifinalist Awards

The prestigious award that has produced Nobel Prize winners selected four Lynbrook High School students as semifinalists.

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:

Harker School

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

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