Delhi students win first award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

9 Indian students were awarded at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 21, 2014 3:59:05 pm

Abhishek Verma and Daksh Dua from Maharaja Agarsain Public School, Delhi won the First Award of $3,000 at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair honors the world’s most promising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs.

Nathan Han, 15, of Boston was awarded first place for developing a machine learning software tool to study mutations of a gene linked to breast cancer at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

The following members of Team India won awards in the mentioned categories:

Abhishek Verma and Daksh Dua from Maharaja Agarsain Public School won the First Award of $3,000 in the Animal Sciences category, and the Cultural and Scientific Visit to China Award of $8000.00 for their project entitled ‘Rubus ellipticus: An effective solution against Giardiasis.’

Kopal Gupta and Shreya Nandy of the Amity International School won the First Award of $2,500 in the ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives category, and the Fourth Award of $500 in the Chemistry category for their project ‘A Unique Kit for Detection and Removal of Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables.’

Debapratim Jana, South Point High School, won the First Award of $500 in the Patent and Trademark Office Society category for his project ‘Multi-layered Phytopigments: Promising Alternative Materials for Solar Cell Development.’

Representing the “Vivekananda English Medium School”, Deeksha Hebbar won the Second Award of a $500 U.S. savings bond from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation, and the Fourth Award of $500 in the Animal Sciences category for her project ‘Cashew Tree (Anacardium occidentale): An Effective Treatment for Cattle Dermatitis.’

Jaya Sagar, Government Senior Secondary School- Manali, also won the Second Award of a $500 U.S. savings bond from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation, alongside the Fourth Award of $500 in the Plant Sciences category for her project ‘Brassica juncea (Mustard) Flowers to Attract Pollinators for Better Malus domestica (Apple) Yield.’

Animesh Tripathi, Sanskriti School, won the Google CS Connect Award of $5,000, and the Fourth Award of $500 in the Computer Science category with his project ‘Optimizing Digital Content for Color-Blind Audiences Using Enhancement Algorithms.’

Fourteen-year old Amrit Sahu from DAV Public School won the Fourth Award of $500 in the Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical category for his project ‘VOICE-O-NATOR: An Aid for the Speech Impaired.’

“The world needs more scientists, makers and entrepreneurs to create jobs, drive economic growth and solve pressing global challenges,” said Ashutosh Chadha, Director – Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia.

This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 17 “Best of Category” winners, who each received a US$5,000 prize.

The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent. Additionally, the Intel Foundation presented a select number of students with experiential awards, including the new 11-day trip to China to attend the country’s largest national science competition, speak with researchers at Intel’s lab in Shanghai, and visit the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the competition since its inception in 1950 as the National Science Fair.

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    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations. More than US$5 million was awarded this year to young and talented students.

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