2003 Intel Science Talent Search Winners
First Place: $100,000 scholarship, Jamie Rubin, 16, Canterbury School, Fort Myers, Fla., for his project identifying small molecules that can be used in treatment for Candida albicans yeast infections, especially in patients with compromised immune systems.
Second Place: $75,000 scholarship, Tianhui “Michael” Li, 18, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Ore., for his physics project studying inertial-electrostatic confinement, a different and less expensive method of controlling nuclear fusion.
Third Place: $50,000 scholarship, Anatoly Preygel, 17, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md., for his mathematics project involving knot theory, that examines closed curves in three-dimensional space and is used in genetic research.
Fourth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Peter Pawloski, 17, Troy High School, Fullerton, Calif., for his project entitled “Structure and Stability of Sulfur Trioxide-Ammonia Clusters with Water: Implications on Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols.”
Fifth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Naveen Sinha, 18, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, N.M., for his project “Bubble-based Resonance-Doppler Technique of Liquid Characterization.”
Sixth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Lester Mackey, 18, Half Hollow Hills High School West, Dix Hills, N.Y., for his project “A Combinatorial Proof of Seymour's Conjecture for Regular Oriented Graphs with Almost Regular Outsets O'aand O"a”
Seventh Place: $20,000 scholarship, Carolyn Tewksbury, 17, Clinton Senior High School, Clinton, N.Y., for her project “Collapse of the Pasom-mana Tessera Region, Venus: Implications for the Evolution of Crustal Plateaus.”
Eighth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Yi-Chen “Lilly” Zhang, 17, The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, N.Y., for her project “Sub-lethal Exposure of German Cockroaches to Pesticides Contributes to Increased Expression of Bla g 2, a Cockroach Allergen Associated with Inner City Asthma.”
Ninth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Anna Gekker, 17, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, N.Y., for her project “The Effects of Psychosocial Factors on Recovery Time and Level of Health Improvement Among Patients Suffering from Physical and /or Mental Disability in a Subacute Rehabilitation Setting.”
Tenth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Emma Schmidgall, 17, Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, Minn., for her project “Inferring Surface Lattice Structure from Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Measurements of the High-temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2Ca2CuO 8+d.”