The Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box.
The class of 2023 Fellows includes many who developed research that with the potential to make a profound impact across the fields of technology, engineering and more. A few of these projects are highlighted below.
Lindsey Wang received a $50,000 scholarship for analyzing a nationwide, real-time database of electronic health records, determining that individuals with blood cancer, dementia, and substance use disorders were at an increased risk for COVID-19. The research not only informed individuals about their specific risks but also emphasized the importance of a science-based, data-driven approach in safeguarding public health. Beyond the pandemic, the work establishes a framework for future public health monitoring.
Samyak Shrimali received a $10,000 scholarship for developing a transformative project addressing the critical issue of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The project introduces an innovative AI-powered solution for real-time monitoring and enforcement, coupled with a machine learning-based software for early HAI diagnosis. This approach not only promises to reduce mortality rates, improve patient care, and relieve healthcare systems but also signifies a major leap in the integration of AI with healthcare practices.
Anirudh Chari received a $10,000 scholarship for creating an algorithm for connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), ensuring collision-free navigation amidst dynamic obstacles. Enabling secure and efficient travel for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists, it not only promises to reduce fatalities but also reshape urban landscapes by minimizing the need for parking spaces and mitigating traffic congestion. This project represents a crucial step towards realizing a safer and more efficient transportation system.
Michelle Hua received a $10,000 scholarship for her project that addresses innovative treatments in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s. The interdisciplinary approach utilizing computer science, biomedical engineering, and robotics presents a groundbreaking framework for automated disease therapy. The project’s impact spans diverse medical fields, from cancer therapy to depression treatment, with the potential to significantly improve the lives of individuals affected by neurodegenerative diseases.
See also the Current and Past Fellows page for more Fellows spotlight features.