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Three Indian Americans win America's most prestigious competition
SI Team
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Three Indian-Americans were among the students who met U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House after winning medals in the Intel Science Talent Search 2015-America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.
The fierce competition was among 40 high school seniors, 13 of them of Indian origin, who were in Washington for the finals, to find the most promising young U.S. innovators creating the technologies and solutions to make lives better. The awards received by finalists totaled to more than $1 million with each receiving first-place awards of $150,000 in the competition. In addition, three second-place winners received awards of $75,000 and three third-place winners awards of $35,000.
Indian-American Saranesh (Saran) Thanika Prembabu, 17, of San Ramon, CA, won the Second Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation on studying how varying the layers of lead titanate and strontium ruthenate in nanocrystal superlattices can affect their electrical and magnetic properties. Shashwat Kishore, 18, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Basic Research for his math project on representing abstract algebras using matrices. Anvita Gupta, 17, of Scottsdale, Arizona, also won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good for using machine learning to "teach" a computer to identify potential drugs for cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola.
Last year, in 2014, two Indian-American students made it to the top 10 of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search awards, bagging a prize of USD 20,000 each. Anand Srinivasan of Georgia had bagged the eighth position while Shaun Datta from Maryland had taken the last 10th spot in the awards.

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