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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eleven FCPS Students Named Semifinalists in 2012 Intel Science Talent Search

Eleven students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named semifinalists in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. The semifinalists are all students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The students, with their project names in italics, are:

·         Nicolas Arango, Novel Ballistic Deflection Logic Enables Ultra-Fast Graphene Circuits.
·         Edward Danyliw, Exploring Tradeoffs When Designing a Delay-and-Sum Beamformer with an FPGA.
·         Tushar Kamath, Mathematical Modeling of Colorectal Cancer Incidence.
·         Darwin Li, A Novel Remote Sensing-Based Water Quality Monitoring System for the Chesapeake Bay Using Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper.
·         Veronica Peterkin, Ultraviolet Dosimetry to Modify Sun Protective Behavior.
·         Rithvik Prasannappa, Optogenetic Dissection of Somatosensory Neuron Function.
·         Pranava Raparla, Chip-Scale Microscopy with Micro-Lens Arrays for Localized Super-Resolution.
·         Arjun Srinivasan, Modeling Effects of Hemagglutinin Mutations on Influenza Virus Drug Resistance.
·         Mary Sun, Multivariate Assessment of the Role of Alcohol Use to Address Gender Differences in Adolescent Depressive Disorder Risk.
·         Anjali Taneja, The Significance of PAS Domain-containing Serine/Threonine-Protein Kinase (PASKIN) in Cellular Metabolism and Energy Homeostasis.
·         Yuqing Zhang, Early-Warning Signals for Population Collapses in Metapopulations.
 The 300 semifinalists were chosen from among 1,839 entrants and will receive matching awards of $1,000 along with their school. Forty finalists will be announced on January 25; finalists will attend the weeklong Intel Science Institute in Washington, D.C., in March and will compete for college scholarships. Finalists will also compete for a grand prize of $100,000.
This is the 71st year of the Science Talent Search, which Intel has sponsored since 1998, providing $1.25 million in awards and scholarships to contestants. More information about the competition can be found at
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.