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2021 Davidson Fellows Laureates – $50,000 Scholarship Recipients

Meenakshi Ambati, 16
Charlottesville, VA
Science: “Identification of Fluoxetine as a direct NLRP3 inhibitor to treat atrophic macular degeneration”

Apoorva Panidapu, 16
San Jose, CA
Mathematics: “Short-interval sector problems for CM elliptic curves”

Bala Vinaithirthan, 18
Danville, CA
Science: “Prediction of Phenotypic Cancer Drug Response with an Image-Based Dual Convolutional Neural Network”

Franklin Wang, 17
Palo Alto, CA
Science: “The Fast and Inconspicuous: New Near Earth Asteroids Discovered in Zwicky Transient Facility Data Using Neural Networks and Artificial Data Generation are Both Fast and Faint”


2021 Davidson Fellows – $25,000 Scholarship Recipients

Vedanth Iyer, 17
Portland, OR
Science: “First-Principles Characterization of a Novel Chromium Doped Vanadyl-Oxide Based Cathode for Higher Energy and Efficiency Lithium-ion Batteries ”

Stanley Liu, 18
Arcadia, CA
Engineering: “A Microfluidic Device for Blood Plasma Separation and Fluorescence Detection of Biomarkers Using Acoustic Microstreaming”

Angelin Mathew, 18
Davie, FL
Science: “Developing Off the Shelf Pancreases for Diabetic Patients: Bacterial Cellulose and Kombucha Waste Based Scaffolds with an Integrated Oxygen Generating System for Islet Cell Transplantation”

Maxine Park, 16
Hanover, NH
Music: “Why Journeys and Not Destinations: A Framework for Approaching Life’s Goals”

Timothy Qian, 18
Rockville, MD
Science: “Optimal Measurement of Field Properties with Quantum Sensor Networks”

Lila Schweinfurth, 18
Portland, OR
Science: “Forecasting Biotoxin Levels from Harmful Algal Blooms to Mitigate Hazardous Exposure Using Two Decades of Shellfish and MODIS Satellite Data”

Eleanor Sigrest, 18
Woodbridge, VA
Science: “”Can You Hear the Empty Spaces?” Improving Spacecraft Efficiency and Capability Through a Novel Microgravity Fluid and Slosh Management Technique”

Alora Young, 18
Brentwood, TN
Literature: “Walking Gentry Home”


2021 Davidson Fellows – $10,000 Scholarship Recipients

Adarsh Ambati, 16
San Jose, CA
Engineering: “A Contactless Vital Signs Monitor using PhotoPlethysmographic (PPG) Imaging Infrared Sensing Techniques & Computer Vision”

Patryk Dabek, 18
East Rutherford, NJ
Science: “Exploiting Metabolic Reprogramming in Liver Cancer: Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Response to Selective ATP Hydrolysis Inhibition”

Owen Dugan, 18
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Technology: “Interpretable Neuroevolutionary Models for Machine Learning”

Sean Li, 17
Danville, CA
Mathematics: “On group-theoretic extensions of Penney’s game”

Ashwin Sivakumar, 16
Pasadena, CA
Science: “Fossil-Augmented Species Distribution Models Recontextualize the Ecology of California Avifauna”

Priya Soneji, 18
Roswell, GA
Engineering: “Autonomously Tracking Organisms in Three Axes at Microscopic Resolution”

Parisa Vaziri, 18
Richardson, TX
Science: “The Neuro-Protective Role of FOXO in a PINK1 Loss-of-Function Based Model of Neurodegeneration in Drosophila melanogaster”

Kaien Yang, 18
Annandale, VA
Science: “New Methods for Computing the Configurational Entropy of Deeply Supercooled Liquids with the Potential Energy Landscape”