Meet this Indian-American girl who won a Rs 1.6 crore science prize

By: Admin 29 March, 2017

Indrani Das, a 17-year-old resident of New Jersey, and four other Indian-origin students were among the top ten finalists to be honoured for their research projects demonstrating exceptional scientific and mathematical ability.It is rightly said that hard work pays off one day! An Indian-American teen has recently won the top award, worth Rs1, 63, 86,250 crore, in the oldest and most prestigious 'Regeneron Science Talent Search' competition held in the US.

Meet the genius, Indrani Das, who has been awarded for her research on preventing death of neurons due to brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases. According to reports, more than 1,700 students took part in the contest. Das, a 17-year-old resident of New Jersey, and four other Indian-origin students were among the top ten finalists to be honoured for their research projects demonstrating exceptional scientific and mathematical ability. During the ceremony, forty finalists took home more than USD 1.8 million in awards.

Here's what Das showed in the competition:

In a laboratory model, Das showed that exosomes isolated from astrocytes transfected with microRNA-124a both improved astrocyte uptake of glutamate and increased neuron survival.

More on the winners:

Third prize: Arjun Ramani, an 18-year-old student from Indian won the third prize for blending the mathematical field of graph theory with computer programming to answer questions about networks.

Fifth prize: Archana Verma, 17, from New York got fifth position for her study of the molecular orbital energy dynamics of dyes, which may someday result in windows that produce solar energy.

Other awardees:

Prathik Naidu, 18, from Virginia, received Rs 45, 87, 135 cash prize for his creation of a new machine learning software to study 3D interactions of the human genome in cancer.

Vrinda Madan, 17, from Florida, received Rs 32, 76,525 awards for her study of 24 potential compounds for the treatment of malaria.

Furthermore, SSP President Maya Ajmera  in recent PTI report said, "The finalists are all poised to become our future scientific leaders."

About the competition: 

It is the oldest US science competition for students and is now sponsored by the medical company, Regeneron, in association with the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). Nicknamed the "Junior Nobel Prize", it was originally sponsored by Westinghouse in 1942 and Intel took it up from 1998 till last year. Twelve of the contest alumni have won Nobel Prizes.
 

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