Two students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) finished in the top ten in the country in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search. TJHSST is a Fairfax County public school.
The fourth place finisher was Narendra Tallapragada of Burke, who received a $25,000 scholarship for his project to find ways to simplify complex models of atomic and molecular interactions. His goal is to one day create minicomputers that could be used, for example, to create automatic insulin pumps that can be placed inside diabetic patients or intelligent clothing that responds to temperature.
Seventh place went to Alexander Kim of Fairfax, who received a $20,000 scholarship for researching the variation and diversification in populations of the giant American river prawn, the largest freshwater invertebrate in North America. His research furthers understanding of how species evolve and has implications for the future of ecosystems.
This year’s Intel Science Talent Search finalists come from 17 states and represent 35 schools. Of the more than 1,600 high school seniors who entered the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, 300 were announced as semifinalists in January. Of those, 40 were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top ten awards.KimTheAgent@gmail.com
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