Nithin Tumma, who was mentored by Stony Brook’s Berhane Ghebrehiwet, has been awarded first prize in the prestigious 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. A native of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Nithin worked with Ghebrehiwet in the Simons Summer Research Program. He was awarded a $100,000 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding research relating to breast cancer therapy.
Also honored was Alissa Zhang, who worked with Miriam Rafailovich on nanoparticle toxicity. She finished ninth and won a $20,000 scholarship.
This year Stony Brook faculty mentored a record eight of the 40 high school students chosen as finalists in the Intel competition — which accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s total. The eight Stony Brook-mentored finalists participated in summer research at Stony Brook in 2011 through the Simons Summer Research Program and the Garcia Center: Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Summer Research Program. (Click here for more information about Stony Brook’s “Intel Eight.”)
“The vast opportunities provided by our faculty researchers in mentoring budding young scientists exceeds that of any university in the nation,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “For Stony Brook University to account for 20 percent of the nation’s mentored students is a testament to the quality of research, education and discovery happening at Stony Brook every day.”
Statements from Stony Brook Mentors