Several local students were chosen as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, a pre-college science competition that allows high school seniors to present their research to professional scientists in a variety of fields.
Two of those students were named to a list of 40 finalists nationwide and were invited to Washington, D.C., for final presentations and judging. Those students were Alec Vadim Arshavsky from East Chapel Hill High School, whose research was titled “Automatic Characterization of Donor Tissue for Corneal Transplantation Surgery,” and Parth Thakker from N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham for “Design, Assembly, and Optimization of Novel ZnxSeAgy Biocompatible Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.”
The semifinalists from the Triangle were Kavirath Jain, Tian-Shun Allan Jiang, Pranay Orugunta, Margaret Zhuanghui Pan, Holly Slang, Maxwell Ryan Tucker and Christopher Yuan from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and Mitas Ray and Kenny Xie from Enloe High School in Raleigh.
Each semifinalist received a $1,000 award, with an additional $1,000 going to the semifinalists’ school.