The Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public honoured the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search, two Indian-American students also made it to the top 10 of the prestigious awards. Intel Science Talent Search, which is the nation’s most esteemed pre-college science and math competition, saw the innovative research of the teen scientists ranging from new cancer treatments to an exploration of how technology affects the adolescent brain. Anand Srinivasan of Georgia bagged the eighth position while Shaun Datta from Maryland took the last 10th spot in the awards, bagging prize of USD 20,000 each. Eric S Chen, 17, of San Diego, bagged top award of USD 100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his research of potential new drugs to treat influenza.
His interdisciplinary approach combined computer modelling with structural studies and biological validation, while focusing on drugs that inhibit endonuclease, an enzyme essential for viral propagation. Eric is the co-president of his school’s fencing team and is a junior Olympics qualifier. He hopes his work will lead to a new class of drugs to control flu outbreaks during a pandemic, allowing time for a vaccine to be developed.
“We at Intel celebrate the work of these brilliant young scientists as a way to inspire the next generation to follow them with even greater energy and excitement into a life of invention and discovery,” Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation, said.
“Imagine the new technologies, solutions and devices they will bring to bear on the challenges we face. The Intel Science Talent Search finalists should inspire all of us with hope for the future,” added Hawkins.