2004 Intel Science Talent Search Winners
First Place: $100,000 scholarship, Herbert Mason Hedberg, 17, North Attleboro High School, North Attleboro, Mass., for developing a faster, more efficient method to diagnose cancer by screening for telomerase inhibitors and ranking their potency as potential tumor suppressors.
Second Place: $75,000 scholarship, Boris Alexeev, 17, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, Ga., for his research dealing with the theory of automata, a simple model of computation that is the mathematical basis for pattern matching and can be used in fields such as genetics and speech recognition.
Third Place: $50,000 scholarship, Ryna Karnik, 17, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Ore., for her patent-pending design method for constructing microchips which may save developers time and money when creating and testing prototype semiconductor chips.
Fourth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Linda Brown Westrick, 18, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Mechanicsville, Va., for her mathematics project, “Investigations of the Number Derivative.”
Fifth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Eduard Reznik, 17, Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, N.Y., for his physics project, “New Exact Solutions to Einstein's Equations.”
Sixth Place: $25,000 scholarship, Jayne Wolfson, 18, Byram Hills High School in Armonk, N.Y., for her behavior and social sciences project, “An Exposition of the Cognitive Development in Toddlers Using Pretend Play.”
Seventh Place: $20,000 scholarship, Qilei Hang, 18, Allegany High School, Cumberland, Md., for her engineering project, “Optimization of the Location for Two Drawpoint Holes in Conical Stockpiles.”
Eighth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Ann Chi, 17, of Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Ind., for her chemistry project, “H2 and C2H4 Elimination Pathways in the Y + C2H6 Reaction.”
Ninth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Andrei Munteanu, 18, Benjamin Banneker High School, Washington, D.C., for his earth and space sciences project, “A Novel Algorithm for Computing the Minimum Distance Between Two Elliptical Orbits.”
Tenth Place: $20,000 scholarship, Gordon L. Su, 18, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md., for his behavioral and social sciences project, “The Effects of Economic Globalization on Income Inequality in Post-Mao China.”