Anvita Gupta, 17, of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good. Anvita used machine learning to “teach” a computer to identify potential drugs for cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola. Preclinical trials are already underway in China on the tuberculosis drugs that she identified.
Catherine Li, 18, of Orlando, Florida, won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation. Catherine developed a new fiber-based method of fabricating microscopic particles designed for drug delivery, with potential applications in personalized cancer therapy.
Each finalist received at least $7,500. In total, the Intel Foundation awarded $1.6 million for the Intel Science Talent Search 2015. Since assuming title sponsorship of the Science Talent Search in 1998, Intel has increased the competition’s annual awards by more than $1 million.
This year’s finalists hail from 36 schools in 18 states. Of the 1,844 high school seniors who entered the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, 300 were announced as semifinalists in January. Of those, 40 were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top nine awards. These finalists join the ranks of other notable Science Talent Search alumni, who over the past 74 years, have gone on to win eight Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 12 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in science and science education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942.
“We are honored to congratulate Noah, Andrew, Michael and the rest of the top winners of the Intel Science Talent Search 2015,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and alumna of the Science Talent Search. “These students serve as shining examples of the incredible work being accomplished in STEM fields by young people, and we are proud to recognize and reward these stellar young researchers.”
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