Davidson Institute Awards 18 STEM College Scholarships

The Davidson Institute honored 18 high school students for their work in STEM subjects.

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The Davidson Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing talent in America's strongest students, honored 18 high school students last night in Washington, D.C.

The institute awards college scholarships worth between $10,000 and $50,000 to students who complete high-level projects in science, math, technology, music, literature, philosophy, and an "out of the box" category. This year, Simone Porter won the $50,000 scholarship for her violin performances.

Here are some of the other winners:

Arjun Aggarwal, 16 (Technology, $25,000)—Created a walking, talking robot that can intuitively work with the outside environment.

Matthew Bauerle, 16 (Math, $25,000)—Outlined a way to fit the Newton direction to weighted linear least squares problems—his work could potentially be used to develop facial recognition software.

Marian Bechten, 16 (Science, $25,000)—Developed a way to acoustically detect landmines. Her work was featured at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

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Benjamin Clark, 15 (Science, $25,000)—Won the grand individual prize at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for his astrophysics work with binary stars. His work could be used to determine how often the conditions required for life occur.

Siddhartha Jena, 17 (Science, $25,000)—Studied the effects of elevated cholesterol and found two compounds that can combat its hazardous effects.

Caleb Kumar, 15 (Science, $25,000)—Developed a way to automate the diagnosis of bladder cancer.

To learn more about the other Davidson Fellows, check out the institute's site.

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