When it comes to innovation, these three high school seniors are ahead of their time.
Noah Golowich, Andrew Jin and Michael Hofmann Winer are this year's winners of the Intel Science Talent Search, a prestigious science and math competition organized by the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) that celebrates high school seniors who make outstanding contributions to science that positively impact people's lives.
Andrew Jin, just 17 years old, developed a machine learning algorithm to identify adaptive mutations across the human genome. This achievement earned him the Medal of Distinction for Global Good as this effort led to the discovery of more than 100 adaptive mutations related to metabolism, immune response, schizophrenia and brain development. By understanding the genetic causes behind diseases such as these, SSP says scientists will be better able to work toward developing gene therapies and vaccines. If that’s not impressive enough, Andrew is also a pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall.
Michael Hofmann Winer, 18, snagged his first-place prize for his work with quasi-particles of sound and how they interact with electrons. The SSP notes that this work could potentially be applied to more complex atomic structures, like superconductors. This earned him the First Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation.
Noah Golowich, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, won the Medal of Distinction for Basic Research for his proof in the area of Ramsey theory, which SSP describes as "a field of mathematics based on finding types of structure in large and complicated systems."
Each of these brilliant young men received $150,000 from Intel for their impressive work. Renee James, president of Intel Corporation, said about the program, "A solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math creates the critical talent corporations and startups need to drive their business and contribute to economic development. We hope this program will encourage other young people to become the next generation of scientists, inventors and engineers."
If history repeats itself, James' hope for the future has every possibility of coming true. Jin, Golowich and Winer join a long list of young scientists who have won the award since the program's inception in 1942. Many past finalists have then gone on to win the world's top prizes. Eight have been awarded the Nobel Prize, two have earned the Fields Medal, five have received the National Medal of Science, and twelve have gone on to receive MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, to name a few.
Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science, said "These students serve as shining examples of the incredible work being accomplished in STEM fields by young people, and we are proud to recognize and reward these stellar young researchers."
Forty students were awarded prizes for their contributions to science. The Intel Corporation awarded over one million dollars to the winners and finalists in the competition.
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