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Intel Science Talent Search 2015 Finalists Revealed

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Intel recognized 40 U.S. high school seniors as finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search, the company’s pre-college science and math competition and a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel has been part of the competition for the last seventeen years. The company announced the names of the finalists for this year’s competition on Wednesday.

Starting this year, the Intel Science Talent Search will feature a new awards structure that includes triple the top award money and new award categories. In place of the competition’s previous $100,000 top prize, three Medal of Distinction awards of $150,000 each will be presented to students who show exceptional scientific potential in three areas: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation. There are also three second-place awards of $75,000, and three third-place awards of $35,000.

Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942.

Here is a list of the finalists:

Anandapadmanaban, Eswar
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ
The ThereNIM: A Touch-less Respiratory Monitor

Ashkin, Emily Lorin
Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
A Novel Synergistic Approach for Enhancing Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Melanoma

Chemparathy, Augustine George
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
Accumulation of the Biodiesel Precursor Triacylglycerol Offsets Oxidative Stress in the Model Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Cui, Brandon Bicheng
Hillcrest High School, Midvale, UT
Demonstration and Characterization of Split Ring Resonators as Terahertz Waveguides

Ding, Valerie S. 
The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR
Novel Automated Designs and Rapid Multivariate Optimization of Next-Generation Multijunction Quantum Dot Solar Cells Using Monte Carlo Modeling

D’Mello, Ryan
Benet Academy, Lisle, IL
A New Result on Gaps Between Integer Points on Elliptic Curves with Coverage of Applications to Cryptography

Epstein, Samuel
John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, NY
The Effects of the Modulation of TOR Signaling and Microbial Exposure on Feeding Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster

Eskow, Nicole
Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Hackensack, NJ
A Novel Use of Valeryl Salicylate in the Inhibition of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Cell Proliferation: Targeting STAT6- and PGE2-Dependent Mechanisms

Firester, Kalia D.
Hunter College High School, New York, NY
The Role of Fatty Acid and Retinol Binding Proteins (FARs) During Host Parasitism by RKN Meloidogyne spp.

Golowich, Noah
Lexington High School, Lexington, MA
Resolving a Conjecture on Degree of Regularity, with some Novel Structural Results

Gulian, Charles
Ossining High School, Ossining, NY
A Search for Tidally-Distorted White Dwarf Binaries in the Kepler Survey

Gupta, Anvita
BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Computational Drug Discovery for Cancer, Tuberculosis, and Ebola by Targeting Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Huang, Brice
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ
Monomization of Power Ideals and Generalized Parking Functions

Jin, Andrew
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Shedding Light on Human Evolution: Machine Learning Algorithms for Systematic Genome-wide Discovery and Characterization of Adaptive Mutations

Khare, Somya
Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA
Changes in Growth Rate and Cytoskeletal Activity During the Starvation Response in E. coli

Kishore, Shashwat
Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA
Multiplicity Space Signatures and Applications in Tensor Products of sl2 Representations

Kuditipudi, Rohith
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Network Based Integration of High Throughput Gene Expression and Methylation Data Reveals New Insights into NAFLD Progression

Lall, Kriti
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA
A Novel Bacteria Strain and Bioreactor for Practical Arsenic Water Bioremediation

Lee, Jihyeon  
Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
An Enhanced Method for HDR Imaging: Artifact-Free and Optimized for Mobile Devices

Li, Catherine J.
Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando, FL
In-Fiber Emulsification of Biodegradable Polymers for Drug Delivery

Li, Ien
Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, NY
Statistical Modeling of Major Depression: Bridging the Gap between Brain and Behavior

Lin, Alexander
Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ
Approximating the Maximum k-Colorable Subgraph Problem on Dotted Interval Graphs

Liu, Lily
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, TX
Oxidative Cleavage of Methoxyethane by Transition Metal Atoms: A Computational Study on Catalytic Properties of Metals and Performance of DFT Functionals

Mandelshtam, Yelena
University High School, Irvine, CA
Arrangements of Minors in the Totally Positive Grassmannian and Sturmfels’ Triangulation

Massa, Scott
Commack High School, Commack, NY
The Importance of Endocytosis to Neuregulin1 Back Signaling: Implications in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disorders

McCleary, Jennifer
Arnold O. Beckman High School, Irvine, CA
Correlating the Bandgaps of Earth-Abundant Metal Oxides to Photocurrent Generation for Water Splitting Applications

Michaelsen, Anya
Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Kinematic Determinants of Scoring Success in the Fencing Flick: Logistic and Linear Multiple Regression Analysis

Pandya, Dhaivat Nitin
Appleton North High School, Appleton, WI
Minimum Cost Linear Network Coding Design for General Connections

Pathak, Reesab
Camas High School, Camas, WA
Cytomegalovirus Vaccine Vectors Induce Universal, MHC-E Restricted CD8+ T cells Against AIDS Virus

Pine, Max
Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY
Effect of Climate on the Spatial Distribution and Synchrony of Eight Irruptive Bird Species

Prembabu, Saranesh
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
Coupled Electric and Magnetic Properties in Artificially-Layered Perovskite Thin Films

Raghuvanshi, Anika
Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
Logic Synthesis and a Generalized Notation for Memristor-Realized Material Implication Gates

Spencer, Emily Jane
Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH
Synthesis of Photo-Healable and Thermal Shape-Memory Disulfide Polymers

Sun, Tiffany
Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, NY
The Effect of SES, Beauty, and Disability in the Trolley Problem

Tandon, Tanay
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
Topographical Computer Vision Algorithms for Rapid, Low-cost Hematological Diagnostics and Parasite Detection Through Random Forests Classification and van Leeuwenhoek-type Imaging

Wang, Steven Michael
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Computer-Aided Genomic Characterization of Colorectal Cancer Driver Alterations for Oncogenic Transformation of Primary Colon Organoids

Winer, Michael
Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD
Interactions of Electrons and Phonons in a Crystal

Zhang, Jesse
Fairview High School, Boulder, CO
Effect of the Atlantic Ocean on Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Zhang, Yizhen
Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD
Wiring for “Blue” û Connectome of the S-Cone Photoreceptor in the Outer Retina

Zheng, Crystal
Jericho Senior High School, Jericho, NY
BDNF VAL66MET Induces Endocytosis-dependent Dendritic Spine Collapse via proNGF-like Collapse Mechanism

Intel Science Talent Search 2015 finalists are from 36 schools in 18 states. Fifty-two percent of this year’s finalists are male, while 48 percent are female. The 40 finalists were selected from 300 semifinalists and more than 1,800 entrants.

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