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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Seven FCPS Students Named Semifinalists in 2013 Intel Science Talent Search

Seven students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. The students, with their project names in italics, are:

·        Arrush Choudhary of Chantilly High School, A Novel Method to Increase the Lipid Yield of Chlorella vulgaris: An Exploration of the Role of Cofactors on the Inhibition of Starch Synthase (E.C.
·        Alec Brenner of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), Viscoelastic Modeling of Tidal Heating in Terrestrial Exoplanets.
·        Suhas Gondi of TJHSST, Investigating microRNA-Mediated Regulation of Class Specific Dendrite Morphogenesis.
·        Katherine Ho of TJHSST, Real Time Apoptosis Imaging by an EB Conjugated Caspase 3 Activatable Probe.
·        Jennifer Peng of TJHSST, Investigating Rhodopsin Organization in Native and Model Membranes by Atomic Force Spectroscopy: A Computational Study on Its Feasibility.
·        Nalini Singh of TJHSST, Derivation of a Kirchhoff-Like Combination Law for the Quantum Capacitances of Molecules.
·        Katherine Wu of TJHSST, The Hydrolysis Engine Concept for Motor Proteins.

The 300 semifinalists were chosen from among 1,712 entrants and will receive matching awards of $1,000 along with their school. Forty finalists will be announced on January 23; finalists will attend the week-long Intel Science Institute in Washington, D.C., in March and will compete for college scholarships. Finalists will also compete for the top award of $100,000.

This is the 72nd 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.