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Ten SSP Alumni are Named 2010 Davidson Fellows

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development recently announced the 2010 Davidson Fellows, ten of who are SSP alumni. The Fellowship awards $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 scholarships to people under the age of 18 who have contributed a significant piece of work in the fields of Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, and Outside the Box.   The Fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 29.
The SSP alumni who received this prestigious honor are listed below along with their project title in the SSP competition(s) they participated in:


  • Scott Boisvert
    • Intel ISEF 2010: An Innovative Method to Evaluate the Effects of the Aquatic Environment on the Chemotaxis of the Amphibian Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
    • Intel ISEF 2009: Growth of the Amphibian Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Response to the Chemical Properties of Aquatic Environments
    • Intel ISEF 2008:Effects of Water Quality on the Propagation and Growth of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
  • Eric Brooks
    • Intel STS 2010: Transition from Indolent to Metastatic Prostate Cancer Characterized through the Health Disparity between African American and Caucasian American Men 
  • Damien Jiang
    • Intel ISEF 2010: On the Period Lengths of the Parallel Chip-Firing Game
  • Sahil Khetpal
    • Intel STS 2010 Semifinalist: Polyfunctionalized Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes as a Versatile Platform for Cancer Detection and Tumor-Targeted Dual Therapy 
  • Jonathan Li
    • Intel ISEF 2010: Effects of Motility and Contact Inhibition on Tumor Viability: A Discrete Simulation Using the Cellular Potts Model
  • Gavin Ovsak
    • Intel ISEF 2010: An Efficiency Study of a Head Controlled Computer Interface Using Embedded Circuitry
  • Jonathan Rajaseelan
    • Intel ISEF 2009: Rhodium Complexes of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Catalysts for Green Chemistry? 
  • Laurie Rumker
    • Intel ISEF 2010: Toxicity of Surrogate Organoclay Surfactant to Straight-Chain Hydrocarbon-Degraders and Potential for Organoclay Biodegradation
    • Intel ISEF 2009: Retention of Sorbed Hydrophobic Pollutant by Organoclay in the Presence of Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacterial Isolates 
    • Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge 2007: Effect of Different Electron donors on Bacterial Growth for Bioremediation
  • Anna Kornfeld Simpson
    • Intel ISEF 2010: Local Layering of Images with a Natural User Interface
    • Intel STS 2010, Semifinalist: Mobile Autonomous Chemical Detecting Robot
    • Intel ISEF 2009: Mobile Autonomous Chemical Detecting Robot
    • Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge 2007, Semifinalist: Overcoming Background Variations in Line Following with Multiple Light Sensors
  • Benjamin Song
    • Intel ISEF 2010: Epigenetic Biomarker Assays for Colon Cancer Screening
    • Intel ISEF 2009: Development of a Urine Test for the Early Detection of Cancer 
    • Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge 2007: How Clean is Your Doctor’s Tie?
    • Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge 2006 Semifinalist: Does Everyone Carry Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
    • Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge 2005 Semifinalist: Why Did the Doctors Give Me a Second Antibiotic for my Ear Infection?

Learn more about these alumni and the other 2010 Davidson Fellows.


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