Intel Science Talent Search 2012 Finalists


The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most distinguished science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science. The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year - 1,839 applicants in 2012 - to compete for $1.25 million in awards. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

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Ding, Fengning (Phillips Academy) Full Bio
Infinitesimal Cherednik Algebras of gl_n



Li, Jiacheng (Arcadia High School) Full Bio
Algorithm-Based Fault Tolerance for Cascading Designs via Diagonal Check Values



Saha, Sayoni (Gretchen Whitney High School) Full Bio
A Doll That Looks Like Me: A Study of Self-Concept in Children with Down Syndrome


El Segundo

Li, Jack Zhihao (El Segundo High School) Full Bio
Novel pH-responsive Encapsulated Phenylalanine Ammonia Lyase as an Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Phenylketonuria



Fannjiang, Clara Louisa (Davis Senior High School) Full Bio
Better Images, Fewer Samples: Optimizing Array Configuration for Compressed Sensing in Radio Interferometry


Diamond Bar

Yao, Leon (Troy High School) Full Bio
A Novel Scheme for Achieving Quasi-Uniform Rate Polarization Scrambling at 752 krad/s


La Jolla

Lehmann, Meredith Paloma (La Jolla High School) Full Bio
The Spread of Epidemics on the US Transportation Network: The Role of Air and Long Distance Auto Travel


Palo Alto

Pan, Jin (Henry M. Gunn High School) Full Bio
A Novel Protein Translation Kinetics Model Supports the Ribosomal Pause Theory



Sharan, Saurabh (Bellarmine College Preparatory School) Full Bio
Parameter-free Graph-Based Nuclear Segmentation in Cellular Images Using Morphological Cues



Zhang, Alissa Yuan (Saratoga High School) Full Bio
Molecular Fingerprinting of Glucose with Raman and SERS for Noninvasive Diabetes Monitoring




Yu, Zizi (Amity Regional High School) Full Bio
Investigating the Hygiene Hypothesis: A Case-Control Study of Food Allergies and Age of Food Allergen Exposure in High School Teenagers




Patel, Neel S (Oviedo High School) Full Bio
A Four-Year Analysis Of Sonifications For Use In Innovative Human-Computer Interfaces




Chen, Sitan (Northview High School) Full Bio
On the Rank Number of Grid Graphs



Glen Ellyn

Kalinich, Adam Orval (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy) Full Bio
Flipping the Winner of a Poset Game



Cotler, Jordan Saul (Glenbrook North High School) Full Bio
A Relativistic Orthogonal States Quantum Key Distribution Protocol for Secure Satellite Communication



South Bend

Fein, Eric Edgar (John Adams High School) Full Bio
Characterizing Engineered Nanoparticle Adhesion to Soil Minerals: Implications for Environmental Transport and Remediation


West Lafayette

Prabhu, Anirudh (West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School) Full Bio
Lower Bounds for Odd Perfect Numbers



Silver Spring

Koehler, Frederic (Montgomery Blair High School) Full Bio
Quick and Efficient: Fast Algorithms for Completion Time and Batch Minimization on Multiple Machines




He, Xiaoyu (Acton-Boxborough Regional High School) Full Bio
On the Classification of Universal Rotor-Routers



Bloomfield Hills

Jena, Siddhartha Gautama (International Academy) Full Bio
Elevated Cholesterol Impairs Water and Gas Transport in Red Blood Cells



He, Philip Cody (Okemos High School) Full Bio
A Novel Role of an Actin Capping Protein in Plant Immune Signaling


Fort Gratiot

Tumma, Nithin Reddy (Port Huron Northern High School) Full Bio
Elucidating Pathways in Cancer Pathogenesis: Establishment of Interaction Between TGF-BETA/Ras Pathways and Identification of gC1qR as an Oncoprotein




Chen, Evan Matthew (Wayzata High School) Full Bio
CD24 Induced Muscular Regeneration: Unraveling the Mystery Behind Satellite Cell Differentiation

New Jersey



Kim, EunBe (Academy for Medical Science Technology) Full Bio
Tamoxifen: Novel Approach for the Treatment of Estrogen Receptor Negative Cancers

New York



Goldman, Danielle (Bronx High School of Science) Full Bio
The Role of γ-Aminobutyric Acid in the Comorbidity of Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder



Yen, Mimi (Stuyvesant High School) Full Bio
Characterizing the Behavior and Genetics of Headplugging in C. elegans


Dix Hills

Kim, Savina Dine (Commack High School) Full Bio
Cognitive Deficits in Neuropsychiatric Disorders: A Schizophrenia Model Associated with Neuronal Alpha7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Localization


East Setauket

Sato, Anna (Ward Melville High School) Full Bio
A Novel Adsorptive Filtration Approach for the Removal of Radioactive Isotopes of Iodine and Cesium from Water



Coraor, Juliana Mathea (Huntington High School) Full Bio
The Impact of Compressive Misfit Strain on Improper Ferroelectricity in Lead Titanate/Strontium Titanate Superlattices



Mehta, Neil Kamlesh (Jericho Senior High School) Full Bio
Co-restoration of Type III Nrg1 back signaling through depolarization: Implications for schizophrenia



Wang, Angela (Shaker High School) Full Bio
A Comparison of Montages to Optimize Classification in an Auditory Brain-Computer Interface


Saint James

Davis, Rachel Michelle (Smithtown High School East) Full Bio
Engineering Biodegradable Flame Retardant Polymers


Staten Island

Fan, Huihui (Stuyvesant High School) Full Bio
Root Nutrient Foraging: A Morphometric Approach to Quantifying the Developmental Plasticity Space of Arabidopsis Ecotypes in Laboratory and Natural Environments


White Plains

Van Doren, Benjamin Mark (White Plains High School) Full Bio
Meteorological, Topographical and Behavioral Correlates of Diurnal Autumn Morning Flight Migration in the Northeastern United States




Bechtel, Marian Joan (Hempfield High School) Full Bio
A Stand-Off Seismo-Acoustic Method for Humanitarian Demining




Carsch, Kurtis Mickel (Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science) Full Bio
DFT Modeling of a Methane-to-Methanol Oxy-Insertion Catalytic Cycle via Group 6 Organometallics: A Computational Analysis



Chyao, Amy Cindy (Plano East Senior High School) Full Bio
Lights, Quantum Dots, Action!


The Woodlands

Quintero, Oliver Adolfo (The John Cooper School) Full Bio
On the Synthesis of a New Wide Electrochemical Window Ionic Liquid for Advanced Electrochemical Endeavors




Dyckovsky, Ari Misha (Loudoun County Academy of Science) Full Bio
Analysis of Photon-Mediated Entanglement Between Distinguishable Matter Qubits




Sushko, Andrey (Hanford High School) Full Bio
Electrowetting for Novel Electromechanical Applications


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