Reno, Nev. – The Davidson Institute of Talent Development has announced the 2016 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees are about half dozen Indian-American students this year.

Meena Jagadeesan
Meena Jagadeesan

“We are thrilled to recognize the 2016 Davidson Fellows not only for their incredible projects, but also for the journey they forged to reach this point,” said Bob Davidson, founder of the Davidson Institute. “Every year I am amazed by the depth of the Fellows’ accomplishments. Through encouragement and recognition, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development anticipates that gifted students like these will be among the pioneers who will solve the world’s most vexing problems.”

The 2016 Davidson Fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on September 21.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have completed significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and music.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided more than $6.7 million in scholarship funds to 286 students since

Sriharshita Musunuri
Sriharshita Musunuri

its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report. It is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev. that supports profoundly gifted youth.

2016 Davidson Fellow Laureates

$50,000 Scholarships

  • Miss Meena Jagadeesan, 18, Naperville, Ill.; The Exchange Graphs of Weakly Separated Collections
  • Mr. Christopher Lindsay, 17, Honolulu, Hawaii; Kahakai to Hohonukai: Environmental Studies of Marine Biota Using Underwater Time-Lapse Photography and Multiple Camera Arrays at Various Depths
  • Miss Sriharshita Musunuri, 16, Mill Creek, Wash.; Application of Tetrahedrite and Magnesium Silicide in a Novel Thermoelectric Unicouple to Generate Electricity from Industrial Waste Heat
  • Mr. Nicolas Poux, 17, Palo Alto, Calif.; Development of a High-Resolution Multi-color Fluorescent Reporter for Clonal Analysis
Anurudh Ganesan
Anurudh Ganesan

2016 Davidson Fellows

$25,000 Scholarships

  • Mr. Michael Du, 17, Houston, Texas; Nifurtimox Limits Cell Proliferation in Glioblastoma Multiforme in Vitro
  • Mr. Anurudh Ganesan, 16, Clarksburg, Md.; VAXXWAGON: An Innovative Eco-Friendly “No Ice, No Electric” Active Refrigeration System for Last-Leg Vaccine Transportation
  • Mr. Raghav Ganesh, 14, San Jose, Calif.; Serene: An Assistive Biomedical System for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mr. Ellis Hamilton, 17, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; The Music in Me
  • Miss Katherine Hudek, 17, Grafton, Mass.; Quacee: A New Quantum Programming Language for Specifying Quantum Computations
  • Mr. Wyatt Pontius, 18, Sterling, Va.; Reinventing the Leaf: A Novel Biohybrid Photosynthetic System
  • Miss Maya Varma, 18, Cupertino, Calif.; A Wireless Smartphone-Based System for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Illnesses
  • Miss Jaelynn Walls, 17, Pearland, Texas; Humanity On-Screen: Engendering Positive Self-Perception and Political Activism in Persons With Marginalized Identities
Raghav Ganesh
Raghav Ganesh
Maya Verma
Maya Verma

$10,000 Scholarships

  • Mr. Christopher Huh, 17, Germantown, Md.; History’s Lessons
  • Miss Justine Izah, 17, Crown Point, Ind.; An Examination of Black Liberation, Stereotypes, Healthcare and Education Through the Eyes of a Black Woman
  • Mr. Noah Lee, 16, Oakland, N.J.; Changing the World Begins With
    Kavita Sela
    Kavita Sela

    A Single Person Feeling Valued

  • Miss Surabhi Mundada, 17, Olympia, Wash.; MyGlove: Assisting Hand Movements, Grip, and Tremor
  • Miss Isabel Seguin, 18, Boston, Mass.; The Cycle of Uighur Discontent
  • Miss Kavita Selva, 16, Houston, Texas; From Nano Defects to Mega Power: Heavily-Zirconium-Doped Trapped Field (Gd,Y)BaCuO Superconductor Tapes for High Power Wind Turbine Generators
  • Mr. Clifford Soloway, 18, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.; Reprogramming of Metabolism in Cancer Cells Through Lysine Succinylation
  • Miss Josephine Yu, 17, Potomac, Md.; Lattice and Continuum Models of Solitons and Vortices in Bilayer Graphene