Davidson Fellows - 2003

Fifteen 2003 Davidson Fellows were recognized for their achievements at a special awards reception sponsored by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Harry Reid in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2003.

2003 Davidson Fellow Laureates

Devon Guthrie, 16
Claremont, Calif.
Category: Music
Award: $50,000 scholarship
A 16-year-old young woman from Claremont, Calif., Devon Guthrie compiled a moving vocalist portfolio entitled “An American Quartet: Poet, Composer, Singer, and Pianist.” In it she performed songs based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Langston Hughes set to music by American composers such as Aaron Copland, Richard Hundley, Jake Heggie and Ricky Gordon. Devon’s work speaks to the fundamental value of music in American culture.

Daniel Kane, 17
Madison, Wisc.
Category: Mathematics
Award: $50,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Madison, Wisc., Daniel Kane explored the theory of partitions, a branch of additive number theory, and proved a conjecture posed by national experts in the field. Daniel’s work makes a significant advancement in number theory with far-reaching applications in many other areas of mathematics, including the fields of coding theory, representation theory and algebraic geometry.

Justin Liu, 17
Sacramento, Calif.
Category: Science
Award: $50,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Sacramento, Calif., Justin Liu pursued an alternative treatment for HIV. He researched the relationship between tyrosine sulfation, a process that results in enhanced biological activity, and chemokine receptors, a protein family that mediates vital functions of the immune system. Justin based his research on the relationship between chemical modification and HIV in hopes of developing more effective treatments for HIV patients.

Jamie Rubin, 16
Fort Myers, Fla.
Category: Science
Award: $50,000 scholarship
A 16-year-old young woman from Fort Myers, Fla., Jamie Rubin conducted in-depth research into treating infections caused by the Candida albicans fungus with a combinatorial approach, cutting the time needed for future research from several years to less than a week. Jamie's research could improve the quality of life for millions with compromised immune systems, including cancer, HIV and AIDS patients.

2003 Davidson Fellows


Timothy Andres, 16
Washington, Conn.
Category: Music
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Washington, Conn., Timothy Andres has received national recognition for his musical talents as both a composer and a pianist. He recently graduated with honors from Juilliard Pre-College Division where he delved into the techniques of past masters and developed his own signature style heralding his emergence as a prominent, contemporary American composer.

Qilei Hang, 17
Cumberland, Md.
Category: Science
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young woman from Cumberland, Md., Qilei Hang translated her knowledge of numerical modeling, analytical solutions and experimental modeling into a civil engineering project optimizing the design of material stockpiles used in the mining industry. Qilei’s approach is a more effective method for mining operators to locate conical stockpiles and determine draw points. Because this new method no longer requires mining workers to operate machinery on top of the stockpile, Qilei’s work will help minimize on-site safety risks.

Anders Kaseorg, 17
Charlotte, N.C.
Category: Mathematics
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 16-year-old young man from Charlotte, N.C., Anders Kaseorg advanced the field of game theory by investigating a new class of combinatorial games, known as p-set games, in which players are allowed to interfere in some way with their opponents' moves. While exploring p-set games, Anders discovered how to find the winning strategy in any sum of impartial p-set games and successfully applied his explanation to a more general class of games.

Pallavi Mahidhara, 15
Bethesda, Md.
Category: Music
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 15-year-old young woman from Bethesda, Md., Pallavi Mahidhara demonstrated her musical journey with the piano by performing various Classical, Romantic and 20th Century compositions with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in such world-renowned venues as the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Pallavi continues to expand her musical education while sharing her talent, skills and passion by teaching music on a volunteer basis.

Michael Snow, 17
Woodmere, N.Y.
Category: Science
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Woodmere, N.Y., Michael Snow studied the effects of clay on interface and surface properties of polymers, discovering clay mixtures that can enhance protective coatings to prevent adhesion of dirt and ultraviolet (UV) degradation. His research has the potential for far-reaching applications of polymer/clay nanocomposites in bio-toxin research, automobile engineering and food packaging.

Irene Sun, 16
Indianapolis, Ind.
Category: Science
Award: $25,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young woman from Indianapolis, Ind., Irene Sun analyzed gene expression regulation experimentally and computationally using rheumatoid arthritis cells as model systems. Irene’s work provides a deeper characterization of the disease, as well as clues to the treatment and control of rheumatoid arthritis.

Julian Gingold, 16
Scarsdale, N.Y.
Category: Science
Award: $10,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Scarsdale, N.Y., Julian Gingold performed advanced research in computational chemistry to develop a new and detailed method for understanding protein function, structure and motion. Julian’s study into protein motion has broad implications for public health, future pharmaceutical development and biochemistry education.

Tim Lyakhovetskiy, 16
Palo Alto, Calif.
Category: Technology
Award: $10,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Palo Alto, Calif., Tim Lyakhovetskiy developed a flexible, object-oriented C++ application programming interface to allow for the rapid development of multimedia applications. Tim created a framework that significantly reduces development time and costs for applications used in scientific research, education, entertainment and other computer simulations.

Keerthi Prabhala, 17
Irvine, Calif.
Category: Technology
Award: $10,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young man from Irvine, Calif., Keerthi Prabhala applied his knowledge of electrical engineering and computer programming to develop a low-cost concept for Brain Computer Interface, which uses digital signal processing and a neural network to control electronic devices. Keerthi’s research offers potential benefits to those who are physically disabled.

Arielle Tambini, 17
Suffern, N.Y.
Category: Science
Award: $10,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young woman from Suffern, N.Y., Arielle Tambini studied the role of organophosphate pesticides in the etiology of Gulf War Syndrome. Arielle examined the neuropsychological status of Gulf War veterans compared to civilians exposed to organophosphate pesticides. She established a link between this class of pesticides and Gulf War Syndrome that could aid in the development of a treatment for Gulf War Syndrome.

Mandeep Virdi, 17
Plainview, N.Y.
Category: Science
Award: $10,000 scholarship
A 17-year-old young woman from Plainview, N.Y., Mandeep Virdi recognized the need for a new anti-cancer drug to achieve better targeting of cancer cells through increased water solubility and reduced cytotoxic effects. Mandeep’s drug delivery research advances a powerful anti-cancer strategy that combines the advantages of chemotherapy with photodynamic therapy without some of the common reactions of hypersensitivity.

2003 Davidson Fellows Press Kit Materials

Video - 2003 Davidson Fellows Reception (YouTube)

National News Release
Davidson Fellows: Positive Contributions to Society
News Articles

2003 Davidson Fellow Honorable Mentions

Miss Cynthia Chi
Sugar Land, Texas
A C++ Approach to Data Clustering

Miss Li Bian
Wilmington, Del.
A Universal Equation to Calculate Hydrogen Bond Strength for Different Systems

Mr. Brandenn Bremmer
Venango, Neb.
The Effects of Mycotoxins on Canine Reproduction

Miss Aditi Hendi
Newark, Del.
Neuron Pathfindings: Surface Analyses of Biomaterial Substrates for the Regeneration and Direction of Neurite Outgrowth

Miss Ashley Peterson
Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Equus DNA Classification and its Role in Breeding and Evolution

Miss Shaliz Pourkaviani
Longwood, Fla.
The Effects of Chemicals Found in Crop Circles on Brassica rapa

Miss Crystal Rapier
Muncie, Ind.
Manufactured Placebo T-Cells: A Possible HIV Cure

Mr. Shamsher Samra
Fresno, Calif.
Heat of Condensation: A Natural Source of Protective Heat

Mr. Howard Wang
Wilmington, Del.
Effects of Interface on Granular Particles

Miss Elizabeth Goldleaf
Niskayuna, N.Y.
A Colored Wind: A Collection

Miss Eva Sclippa
Charleston, S.C.
Five Arrows

Mr. Pengfei (Phillip) Zhang
Cockeysville, Md.

Miss Vivian Cheng
Cary, N.C.
Let Music Bring Healing and Peace to the World

Mr. Lee Dionne
Ridgefield, Conn.
Performance Portfolio

Miss Ann Fontanella
West Chester, Penn.
Continuing the Tradition - Virtuoso as Performing Artist and Composer

Miss Sarah Gibson
Alpharetta, Ga.
Original Compositions: Austria, Remembrance, Tears of Good Bye

Mr. Jay Greenberg
New York, N.Y.
Overture to 9/11, Viola Concerto in G Minor, Piano Concerto #3

Mr. Emory Hsu
Winter-Springs, Fla.
Giving Soul to Life Through Piano and Violin Performances

Mr. Jacob Yandura
Dublin, Ohio
My Music, My Life

Outside the Box
Miss Grace Woo
DeKalb, Ill.
Fuzzy Logic and Beautiful Music (Engineering & Piano)

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