MILLION DOLLAR QUEST
Fourteen students from the Indian diaspora have been selected to compete for USD 1 million in prizes at the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search Competition this year by fielding high-level projects ranging from cancer vaccines to complex mathematical theories. They are among the 40 US high school students who made it to the finals of the competition sponsored by Intel Corporation and conducted by the Society for Science and the Public.
Announcing finalists chosen from among 300 semi-finalists from across the nation, the president of the society, Ms Maya Ajmera, said, “Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are the innovators of the future. Their research projects range from highly theoretical basic research to innovative practical applications aimed at solving the most vexing problems.” Last year two Indian-Americans won second place medals and two others, third place medals in the competition.
The finalists will travel to Washington in March for the competition that will award a total of more that USD 1 million in prizes from the Intel Foundation. The previous winners of the Science Talent Search competition include 12 Nobel laureates, two Fields Medals awardees and 18 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellows.