Saranesh (Saran) Thanika Prembabu, a 2014 Simons Fellow, earned a second place medal of distinction in the Intel Science Talent Search, receiving a financial award of $75,000. Through the Simons Summer Research Program, Saran, of San Ramon, Cal., was mentored in his medal-winning project by Stony Brook Physics Professor Matthew Dawber.
In a March 10, 2015 ceremony in Washington, DC, Saranesh was awarded the Second Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation in the prestigious Intel competition. He studied how varying the layers of lead titanate and strontium ruthenate in nanocrystal superlattices can affect their electrical and magnetic properties, which could be harnessed for a variety of electrical and computing applications.
“I was very excited to hear about Saranesh’s success in the Intel Science Talent Search,” Dawber said. “He made great strides in unlocking the coupling between the magnetic and electric properties of the artificial materials we develop in my laboratory. Saranesh is an absolutely brilliant student and I see he will have a great future as a scientist.”
The Simons Summer Research Program gives academically talented, motivated high school students who are between their junior and senior years the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with distinguished faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques and tools, become part of active research teams, and experience life at a research university.
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Established in 1984 as an outreach program for local high school students, the Simons Summer Research Fellowship Program is supported by the Simons Foundation and individual faculty grants. The program now attracts nearly 350 applicants from all across the country. During their time on the Stony Brook campus, where they may elect to stay on campus or commute from home, about 40 Simons Fellows are matched with Stony Brook faculty mentors, join a research group or team, and assume responsibility for a project.
The Simons Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a written research abstract and a research poster.
In addition to learning valuable techniques and experiencing life at a major research university, Simons Fellows attend weekly faculty research talks and participate in special workshops, tours and events. At the closing poster symposium, students are presented with a $1,000 stipend award.
The Simons Summer Research Program is supported by the Simons Foundation and individual faculty grants.