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Local Student Becomes Davidson Fellow

Saumil Bandyopadhyay, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School has been named a Davidson Fellow by the Davidson InstituteThe Davidson Fellowship is rated one of the seven most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by the US News and World Report. Each year, the Institute selects twenty students nationwide in areas of science, technology, engineering, literature, mathematics, music and philosophy, and awards them college scholarships in recognition of their achievements. WCVE Public Radio’s John Ogle has more in this Science Matters report below.

Saumil was selected as a science Fellow in Physics and awarded a $10,000 scholarship to use at any US university of his choice. He will be recognized at a special ceremony at the Smithsonian in Washington DC in October. Saumil was selected for his research on photodetection based on quantum mechanical wavefunction engineering.

International travel is not new to Saumil, who also represented Virginia at the International Space Olympics in Korolev, Russia last fall. He was awarded 1st Place in the Research Competition out of the 175 projects, representing 8 countries. The research competition is one of a number of components of the International Space Olympics in which Saumil placed 8th overall.

Saumil was awarded 2nd Place in the 2012 Metro Richmond Science Fair in Senior Engineering. He then won the Virginia Science and Engineering Fair and advanced to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

His project, A Novel Quantum Wire Detector of Light and Beta Particles Implemented with Wavefunction Engineering, Electron Tunneling Through a Photo-Modulated Barrier, and Quantum Mechanical Suppression of Charge Carrier Scattering, was entered in Physics & Astronomy, and impressed the judges at the Intel ISEF. Saumil was awarded a Second Place award and was also recognized with 2 Special Awards in Pittsburgh. He won a First Award from the International Society for Optical Engineering as well as an award from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which consists of a trip to Switzerland and France and the opportunity to tour the site of the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.

Congratulations to Saumil!

Article by the MathScience Innovation Center.

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