Young scientists honored for research

July 12, 2011 

Several area students earned honors after presenting their research projects at the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair last March at Meredith College.

More than 300 budding scientists in grades 3 through 12 from around the state shared their projects with the public and contest judges after making it through regional competitions.

Local students who were named winners in the state competition, sponsored by the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, were:

Grand INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair Senior Grand Award: Yunqian (Sherry) Tang of Cary; partners Karthikeyan Ardhanareeswaran and Arjun Bhattacharya of Apex; Greeshma Somashekar of Durham; and partners Pranav Haravu of Raleigh and Vipul Vachharajani of Winston-Salem were selected to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. At the INTEL fair, Greeshma won a fourth-place award in cellular and molecular biology; Pranav and Vipul won fourth in chemistry, and Yunqian won fourth in environmental sciences. Each fourth-place award came with a $500 prize.

Additionally at the state competition, Yunqian won a divisional senior award for earth/environmental science and a Special U.S. Army Award.

Karthikeyan and Arjun's project also was honored with an award in the Divisional Senior - Biological Science A category, and Greeshma's project also won in the Divisional Senior-Biological Science B category. The project by Pranav and Vipul also won the Special N.C. American Water Works Association Award, senior, and in the Divisional Senior - Chemistry category.

Divisional Broadcom Masters: Samantha Wine of Apex (she also won honors in the Divisional Junior-Chemistry category); Andrew Blonsky of Chapel Hill (also won a Special EPA Award, Junior, and in the Divisional Junior - Earth/Environmental Science category); and Justin Barber of Raleigh (also won in Divisional Junior - Physics and won a Special U.S. Navy/Marine Corp Award, Junior).

Divisional Elementary Awards: Thomas Steckmann of Cary, Chase Lewis of Chapel Hill and Adam Bloebaum of Cary.

Megan Boericke of Raleigh won in Divisional Junior-Biological Science B; William Su of Cary won in Divisional Senior - Biological Science A; Nidhi Diwakar of Raleigh won in Divisional Senior - Chemistry; and Shichao Wu of Cary won in Divisional Senior-Biological Science B and also won a Special U.S. Army Award.

Levi Meeks and Liam Norris of Raleigh won a Special N.C. American Waterworks Prize Elementary.

Arjun Raghavan of Chapel Hill won a Special Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Award; in Divisional Senior - Physics; a Special U.S. Air Force Award Senior; and Special U.S. Navy/Marine Award Senior.

Avery Young of Cary and Marc Webb of Durham won Special U.S. Army Awards.

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