A total of 14 Indian American students have made it to the finals of the prestigious 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, which annually brings the country’s top 40 brightest high school seniors for a competition with a prize tag of $150,000, in Washington, DC.
Of the 14 Indian Americans who would be coming in March for the prestigious science competition, five are from California: Sanath Devalapurkar, Anjini Karthik, Anin Sayana, Pranav Srinivas and Maya Varma.
Two others are from Massachusetts: Yashaswini Makaram and Amol Punjabi.
The other Indian American students who made the cut are: Vikul Gupta from Orlando, Maana Jagadeesan from New Hampshire, Milind Jagota from Pennsylvania, Shreya Menon from Michigan, Kavya Ravichandran from Ohio, Kunal Shroff from Virginia and Sreya Vemuri from Indiana.
“Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are the innovators of the future,” said Maya Ajmera, the president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, publisher of Science News and alumna of the Science Talent Search, in a statement.
“Their research projects range from highly theoretical basic research to innovative practical applications aimed at solving the most vexing problems,” she said.
“But it’s not just their research that makes them stand out finalists are also selected based on their leadership capacity and initiative. We congratulate these talented students and look forward to learning more about their research and aspirations as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Science Talent Search this March,” Ajmera added.