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2017 Davidson Fellows Laureates – $50,000 Scholarship Recipients

Carissa Chen, 18
Exeter, NH
Outside the Box: “Humanizing the Self and the State”

Rishab Gargeya, 18
Saratoga, CA
Technology: “EyeLogic: All-Purpose Vision Disease Detection in Clinic-Sourced and Low-Cost Smartphone-Based Retinal Images”


2017 Davidson Fellows – $25,000 Scholarship Recipients

Benjy Firester, 18
New York, NY
Science: “Modeling the Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Phytophthora infestans at a Regional Scale”

Alexander Kirov, 18
Evans, GA
Science: “Exosomes in Amyloid Aggregates Promote Neuronal Damage: A Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Pathology”

Manan Shah, 17
Los Altos, CA
Technology: “Deep Learning Assessment of Tumor Proliferation in Histopathological Images for Categorical and Molecular Breast Cancer Severity Diagnosis”

Irene Vazquez, 18
Houston, TX
Literature: “Ebb and Flow: Translating Lives and Transition”

William Yin, 18
Greenwich, CT
Engineering: “Portable, Low-Cost Tattoo-Based Biosensor for the Non-Invasive Self-Diagnosis and Quantification of Atherosclerosis”

Zlatomir Fung, 18
Westborough, MA
Music: “Folk Music Influence in the Classical Tradition”

Arjun Ramani, 18
West Lafayette, IN
Mathematics: “Fast Sampling of Stochastic Kronecker Graphs”

Arvind Sridhar, 18
Sunnyvale, CA
Engineering: “Engineering Injectable, Conductive Hydrogels Doped with Graphene and Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles for Post-MI Cardiac Tissue Engineering and Robust Drug Discovery: A Computationally-Aided Investigation for Enhancing Therapeutic Efficacy”

Felix Wang, 18
Newton, MA
Mathematics: “Functional Equations in Complex Analysis and Number Theory”


2017 Davidson Fellows – $10,000 Scholarship Recipients

Allison Huang, 18
Princeton, NJ
Literature: “Personal Culture: Voicing the Experiences of Postcolonial Youth Navigating Identity in a Globalized World”

Anthony Kang, 18
San Diego, CA
Science: “New Antibacterials: Conjugation-Mediated Transmission of Cytotoxic Genes for Targeted Bacterial Cell Elimination”

J.P. Redmond, 18
Yonkers. NY
Music: “ Literature and Landscape: Receiving and Giving Inspiration as a Composer”

Pranav Sivakumar, 17
Tower Lakes, IL
Science: “Searches for Almost Dark Galaxies in Blank Sky Fields with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey”

Mary Zhu, 18
Nashua, NH
Science: “Impact of Carbon Tax Policies on the Global Agricultural Economy: A Computational Spatial Partial Equilibrium Modeling Approach”

Davey Huang, 17
Honolulu, HI
Science: “A Noninvasive Morphokinetic Model For Aneuploidy Screening of Human Preimplantation Embryos”

Kathy Liu, 18
Sandy, UT
Science: “Nature-Based Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Improved Safety, Sustainability and Efficiency in High-Performance Rechargeable Batteries”

Nishita Sinha, 18
Cortland Manor, NY
Science: “Reprogramming of Metabolism in Cancer Cells Through Lysine Succinylation”

Vera Zarubin, 17
Bronx, NY
Engineering: “A Novel Methodology to Build Organic Thermoelectric Materials For Sustainable and Renewable Energy Applications”


2017 Davidson Fellows – Honorable Mentions

Mr. Vardhaan Ambati
San Jose, CA
Engineering: Personalized Therapy for Cancer Heterogeneity and Mutating Viruses: Rational Design of a CRISPR/Cas9 Nanotherapeutic

Mr. Arjun Dhawan
Newburgh, IN
Engineering: Object Recognition for the Visually Impaired Utilization of 3D Sensor Technology to Help the Blind “See”

Mr. Muhammad Rahman 
Portland, OR
Engineering: A Smart-Burn/Spill-Proof – “SAFE” Microwave That Spares the Salad: Novel Application of Levenberg-Marquardt-Algorithm in Bayesian-Analysis for Thermodynamic-Modeling

Miss Jaclyn Grimm 
Orlando, FL
Literature: Identity: An Introspection of the Intersectionality Between Femininity and Queerness

Mr. Daniel Cho 
Wyncote, PA
Music: Sentio, Sentire: The Music of Feeling

Mr. Evren Ozel
Minneapolis, MN
Music: A Linking from Heart to Heart: Pianist as a Conduit for Compassion

Miss Gayatri Balasubramanian 
Carmel, IN
Science: Evidence of Pt-Threshold In A System Of Phase Qubits

Mr. Rajiv Movva 
San Jose, CA
Science: Machine Learning-Based Discovery of Synergistic Drug Combinations for Rapid and Effective Cancer Treatment

Miss Anjali Nahata
Salt Lake City , UT
Science: Measuring the linewidth of down-converted radiation via a coherent detection scheme

Mr. Prathik Naidu
Potomac Falls, VA
Science: DNALoopR: A Novel High-Performance Machine Learning Predictor to Identify Genome-Wide 3D DNA Interactions in Cancer

Mr. Harish Palani
Portland, OR
Science: Quakify: A Low-Cost, Crowdsourced, Real-Time Solution to Earthquake Early Warning

Miss Swathi Srinivasan
Beachwood, OH
Science: Evaluating the Relationships Between Micronutrients in Spices and Alzheimer’s Disease Through Biochemical and Bioinformatics Approaches

Mr. Brian Xia
San Diego, CA
Science: Translating from fruit flies to humans: an early-life immunization-like epigenetic therapy for simultaneous prevention of multiple aging-related diseases throughout adult life

Mr. Byron Xu 
Sugar Land, TX
Science: Direct Determination of Ocean Temperature Profiles from Seismic Oceanography

Mr. John Xu 
Acton, MA
Science: Mitigating Congestion through Map Design: A Case Study of Washington DC Subway

Mr. Daniel Zhang 
San Diego, CA
Science: Genome-Based Discovery of Novel CpG Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis and Prognosis of Leukemia

Miss Sharon Lin
Corona, NY
Technology: A Novel Multiparameter Optical Sensor Using CMOS Imaging and Remote Neural Networks for Microbial Analysis

Miss Eshika Saxena 
Bellevue, WA
Technology: A Portable Optoelectronic Molecular Identification System for Analyzing the Quality, Safety & Composition of Food & Pharmaceuticals Using Machine Learning

Mr. George Stefanakis
Jamaica , NY
Technology: A Novel Methodology Addressing Two Major Obstacles in Developing the Elusive Quantum Computer

Miss Emma Yang 
New York, NY
Technology: Timeless: A Mobile Application for Alzheimer’s Patients Powered by Artificial Intelligence