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 have the potential to better the health of others. A few of these projects are highlighted below.
Sara Kaufman received a $25,000 scholarship for developing a project that addresses the pressing issue of coronary artery disease (CAD), a leading cause of death, and the subsequent graft failures following coronary bypass surgeries. Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines biology, physics, and biomedical engineering, the project’s outcomes have the potential to save countless lives on a global scale by enabling the development of more reliable grafts and improving the long-term success of coronary bypass surgeries.
Daniel Levin received a $25,000 scholarship for bridging the fields of electrical engineering, material science, and microbiology to develop conductive and customizable bandages out of a microbial-based material. The bandages deliver imperceptible electric currents, driving chemical reactions that are harmful to deadly pathogens but safe for humans. Daniel’s findings offer a new approach to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, which are rapidly becoming one of the greatest threats to global health.
Vladimir Mamchik received a $25,000 scholarship for developing a new method for correcting color vision deficiency (or “color blindness”), which is based on selectively controlling the wavelengths that reach the eye at certain frequencies. This breakthrough has the potential to become the new clinical standard for correcting color vision, thereby ensuring that those with this condition can experience the full spectrum of colors and participate more fully in various aspects of daily life, from reading traffic lights to appreciating art.
Alexander Plekhanov received a $25,000 scholarship for introducing an innovative approach that offers a quicker, more accurate, and affordable method for astigmatism correction, a common vision issue which affects a substantial portion of the global population. The project’s breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize optometry practices, improve the quality of life for millions of people with astigmatism, and significantly enhance the accessibility and affordability of eye care worldwide.
See also the Current and Past Fellows page for more Fellows spotlight features.