Named as the among "The 10 Biggest Scholarships in the World" and one of
the "7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships", the fellowship is offered
by the Davidson Institute to students who are 18 years or younger and
who demonstrate the development of their talents with a significant
piece of work in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, music,
literature, philosophy or outside the box.
Kavya Kopparapu, 18, from Virginia and Rahul Subramaniam, 17, from
Connecticut were recipients of USD 50,000 each as 2018 Davidson Fellows
laureates. Kopparapu was recognised for her innovative personalised,
targeted treatment for patients with cancer, and Subramaniam for
developing an early warning system for Zika virus in mosquito
Three of the Indian Americans Sachin Konan from Arizona, Marissa
Sumathipala from Virginia and Eeshan Tripathi from New Jersey bagged the
2018 Davidson Fellows award of USD 25,000 scholarship each.
Tripathi, 16, received the award for utilising artificial intelligence
and machine learning to find a solution for poor indoor air quality
(IAQ). His research on IAQ has the potential to prevent diseases, save
millions of lives and billions of dollars from lost productivity.
Konan's project addresses the recovery of buried earthquake victims
after natural disasters. He was inspired to build a system capable of
detecting humans through rubble after watching the devastating news
feeds of families and first-response teams searching for buried victims
in the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
Marissa, 18, won the award for her novel heart disease therapeutic that
treats all of the disease's components simultaneously by attacking
crucial cellular processes that are the root cause of heart disease.
Rajiv Movva, 18, from California is a recipient of the USD 10,000
scholarship for building a computer model that can use a particular DNA
sequence as input to predict gene expression level as output, which
sheds much light on the poorly understood "dark genome" that doesn't
directly code for proteins.
All Davidson Fellows also received a letter from the US president
wherein he encouraged the winners to "apply their knowledge and talents
to serve our communities".