Intel Science Talent Search, ended up by awarding prizes worth $1.25 million. The foundation has been awarding talents in the field of mathematics and science since 1942. Alumni from the science talent search have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals, National Medals of Science, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and an Academy Award for best actress.
The competition was between 1,838 seniors from high school. Out of these many, 40 finalists were selected and called to visit Washington D. C. Out of these 40 finalists, 10 were selected and awarded. They even visited the White House and were addressed by the US President, Barack Obama, who laid emphasis on the entry of women and girls in the field of science and technology. The students asserted that they loved his speech and personality.
Out of the 10 finalists, three were from Northern California. David Ding from Albany, stood fourth, his project was based on theoretical mathematics, which he used to explain the concept of particle physics and string theory. Alissa Zhang stood ninth and was awarded for her project on less invasive techniques to estimate blood glucose level in diabetes. Clara Fannjiang of Davis was placed ninth, due to her project on improved data collection through radio telescope. Their parents were happy and surprised to see their children at this position.
The other seven finalists among the 10 were Indian-American. Rather, the winner, Nithin Tumma from Michigan was even an Indian-American. His research was based on improved, targeted, effective technique for breast cancer. He bagged the first position and won an amount of $100,000.
The second place was attained by Andrey Sushko, from Washington, for the development of one of the smallest motors that could turn its shaft by using the surface tension of water. The third place went to Mimi Yen from Brooklyn for her evolutionary studies. Neel Patel bagged the sixth place and Prabhu came seventh.