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Young Professionals: Year In Review - Part I


12/28/2017

2017 Forbes 30 Under 30
With an acceptance rate of under 4%, at least 30 Indian-Americans were among the 600 named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 20 different categories.
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Avni Madhani Of CA Wants To Change The Way India Eats
California-based Avni Madhani was 14 when the first diabetes-related death in her family in India took place. Type-2 is largely a preventable lifestyle disease and a healthy diet and half an hour of physical activity every day can reduce your risk of developing it.
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Michelle Obama Picks Swetha Prabakaran
Swetha Prabakaran has been selected by US First Lady Michelle Obama to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of an education campaign to provide educational opportunities for teenagers in America.
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Arth Patel Wins My Kool Smiles Scholarship Fund Essay Contest
Arth Patel, a student at the UCLA School of Dentistry, has won a USD 5,000 scholarship for writing an essay on contribution of dental health on the wellbeing of children and families in the US.
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Thirteen Indian American Students Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists
Congratulation to Vivek Gopalakrishnan and Veda Murthy of Lexington High School, Lexington, MA for being named 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars.
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Sharon Middle Schoolers Are National Finalists In Verizon App Challenge
The team of 7th graders from Sharon Middle School - Rohan Bommaraju, Amelia Dasari, Shreesh Nalatwad, Sri Vishnu Piratla and Tanvi Shah - have come up with a mobile app concept, EMPOWER, that helps people with autism find jobs. They will represent Massachusetts on the national platform as part of the Verizon App Challenge.
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Vikram Pathalam & Varun Swamy Win MA State Science And Engineering Fair
Vikram Pathalam and Varun Swamy, 12th grade students from the Shrewsbury High School, win 1st place in MA State Science And Engineering Fair. Their project was titled "Supervised Classification Algorithm for the Automated Diagnosis of Dementia".
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Shreya Bhadriraju: A Presidential Scholar In The Arts
Shreya Bhadriraju, of Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, is the only Indian-American among the Arts nominees announced by The National YoungArts Foundation on January 31 for the 2017 US Presidential Scholars.
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Chaitanya Karamchedu Turns Seawater Potable
Chaitanya Karamchedu from Portland, Oregon, has discovered a simple, cost effective and efficient technique that makes sea water potable.
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Shovik Bandyopadhyay Named Churchill Scholar
Shovik Bandyopadhyay, a student pursuing an M.Phil degree at Purdue University, was among the 15 students named as 2017-2018 Churchill Scholars by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.
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Sharon Middle Schoolers Are National Winners Of Verizon App Challenge
Rohan Bommaraju, Amelia Dasari, Vishnu Piratla, Tanvi Shah and Shreesh Nalatwad from Sharon Middle School, MA designed an app idea, EMPOWER to create a comprehensive support system for people on the Autism spectrum find jobs easily, and were named national winners of the prestigious 2016-17 Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge.
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Learning How To Get Hired
Students who are blind practice essential job-search skills at Perkins' Work Experience Open House.
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Indrani Das Wins The Top Award In The Regeneron Science Talent Search
Indrani Das, 17, of Oradell, New Jersey, won the top award of $250,000 for her study of a possible approach to treating the death of neurons due to brain injury or neurodegenerative disease. Other winners include Arjun Ramani (IN), Archana Verma (NY), Prathik Naidu (VA) and Vrinda Madan (FL).
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USA Brain Bee Championship Announces Winners!
We Have a Winner: A National Neuroscience Competition for High School Students
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Wagle, Vijayakumar And Kannan Sweep USA Brain Bee Championship
Sojas Wagle, Aarthi Vijayakumar and Amit Kannan sweep the 2017 USA Brain Bee Championship held March 17-19 in Baltimore, MD.
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Chetan Hebbur Runs For Office
Chetan Hebbur, a 21-year-old New York University student, is running for the New York City Council District 2, the New York Post reported. He hopes to succeed Rosie Mendez, who is term-limited.
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Prestigious Hertz Foundation 2017 Fellows Announced
Suhas Rao, son of Sudhakar Rao and Usha Rao, is an MD/PhD student at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He will continue to pursue his PhD in quantitative biology at Stanford.
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Goldwater Foundation Announces 240 Winners
Aadith Moorthy, Arjun Balasingam, Arjun Jaini, Prayaag Venkat, Rohan Palanki, Saurabh Kumar and Vikram Sundar are among the 240 Goldwater Scholars for the 2017-2018.
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Indian Americans Big Winners At National Geographic Bee State Competitions
At least 20 Indian Americans and South Asian Americans are among the 54 students who punched their tickets to the 29th annual National Geographic Bee next month.
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Five Indian American Teens Named 2017 Dell Scholars
Diwas Gautam, Rashmi Chataut, Gulrukh Chughtai, Aruna Dhungel and Shayaan Siddiqui were among those named Dell Scholars for 2017.
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Neil Davey To Talk At The TEDx
Neil Davey of Harvard University has been invited for a talk at the TEDx in Paris next month on an innovative hand held device for diagnosis of malaria.
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Samarth Gupta, Mishi Jain And Maya Durvasula Named 2017 Truman Scholars
Samarth Gupta (Harvard), Mishi Jain (Rice) and Maya Durvasula (Duke) have been selected as 2017 Truman Scholars. Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study.
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North South Foundation (NSF) Regional Contests 2017
by Savitha Rajiv
2017 marks the 25th year that NSF has held the educational bees here in the US. The Worcester chapter competition was held at Fitchburg State University with close to 400 kids participating in Math, Geography, Spelling, Vocabulary, Essay Writing and Public Speaking.
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Sivaram Emani Named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar
Sivaram (Siva) Emani from Newton, MA was named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar from Massachusetts. The prestigious award is considered to be the nation’s highest academic honor for a graduating high school senior. Siva is a senior at The Roxbury Latin School and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.
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TiE-Boston Announces TyE Program 2017-2018!
TiE-Boston is excited to announce the call for applications for TyE 2017 and will hold an informal session for interested students and parents on June 5th in Waltham, MA.
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Pranay Varada Wins $50,000 National Geographic Bee Competition
14-year-old Pranay Varada from TX wins the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee competition. Veda Bhattaram from NJ finished third.
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Search For Sriram - Please Help!
Sriram 'Ram' Jayakumar, 26 left his home in Lexington on May 11 and is missing since then. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lexington Police at 781.862.1212.
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Intel ISEF 2017 Competition
Prathik Naidu, a student at Virginia-based Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was among the winners of the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award.
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Anand Varma Named National Geographic 2017 Emerging Explorer
Anand Varma, a science photographer, was among those named 2017 Emerging Explorers by National Geographic.
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Malika Jain And Puneet Kaur Named ‘Foot Locker Scholar Athletes’
Malika Jain and Puneet Kaur were among 20 athletes nationwide named as 2016-2017 ‘Foot Locker Scholar Athletes’.
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Ananaya Vinay Wins 2017 National Spelling Bee
Ananya Vinay, 12-year-old from California, became the 13th consecutive Indian-American to win the National Spelling Bee, with Rohan Rajeev as runner-up.
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Conductors Roger Kalia, Sameer Patel Named 2017 Solti Award Recipients
Orange County, CA-based Pacific Symphony’s assistant conductor Roger Kalia and San Diego, CA-based Sameer Patel, associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, are among nine conductors to receive the 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.
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Darius Sinha And Priya Shokeen Named Discovery Education 3M Young Scientists
Darius Sinha, a fifth grader from MA, and Priya Shokeen, an eight grader from NH are among the 35 state merit winners in the landmark 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
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Richa Juvekar Second Runner Up In 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee
Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee traveled to Massachusetts and New Jersey this past weekend with stops in the Boston and New Brunswick. Richa Juvekar, 13, of Westford, Massachusetts, was second runner up!
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In this Issue
Dance: Year In Review - Part I


The dance scene in 2017 was extremely active in New England. Bollywood competitions, Arangetrams and other fabulous events delighted audiences.
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Dance: Year In Review - Part I
In Conversation With: Year In Review - Part I


Lokvani had a chance to converse with following during the year: Sheetal Acharya, Pankaj Adaval, Trupti Patel, Neerja Bajaj, Sandeep Das, Madhu Bala Sharma, Ragini Shankar, Anand Shukla, Lynne Voggu, Karthikeyan Ramu, and Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa.
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In Conversation With: Year In Review - Part I
People: Year In Review - Part I


Indian Americans in 2017 created great impact in many dimensions.
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People: Year In Review - Part I
Young Professionals: Year In Review - Part I


The young South Asian professionals have been recognized at several forums and bestowed multiple honors. Many have been featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list ..
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Young Professionals: Year In Review - Part I
Our Voice And Yours


Wish all our reader a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!
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Our Voice And Yours

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