Indian Americans receive Davidson Fellowship
New York, Sep 13 (IANS) Four Indian-American students have been selected as 2006 Fellows of Davidson Institute for Talent Development in Reno, Nevada.
Shivani Sud, Sheela Krishnan, Varun Kumar and Anarghva Vardhana won scholarships for their projects in the field of science, medicine and mathematics in the under-18 category.
"The Davidson Fellows are success stories because they've nurtured their genius by seeking out mentors, relying on strong family support and working diligently to achieve their goals," said Bob Davidson, co-founder of Davidson Institute.
Shivani Sud, 16, from Durham, North Carolina, developed a technology to deliver chemotherapeutic molecules to cancerous cells with increased efficiency.
Her findings can assist with more efficient drug delivery by overcoming cell membrane barriers, one of the greatest challenges facing conventional chemotherapy.
Varun Kumar, 17, from Texas researched and built compounds that could be used to form a new class of MRI contrast agents, responsive to proteins instead of water concentration.
Sheela Krishnan, 17, from Suffern, New York, was selected for her project in which she analysed Paenibacillus larvae, the bacterium that causes American foulbrood disease (AFB), a fatal disease that attacks honeybee larvae.
Anarghya Vardhana, 17, from Beaverton, Oregon, did a path-breaking project in mathematics. She worked in the field of number theory to develop new starting values for Lucas-Lehmer primality test. Her theorem can be used to further understand Mersenne primes and their properties through simple and efficient computation of Jacobi symbols.
Started in 1999 by former educational software entrepreneurs Bob and Jan Davidson, the Davidson Institute's mission is to recognise, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people.