Indian-Americans account for more than half of finalists in ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’

Six Indian-Americans are among 10 finalists who will compete for the $25,000 grand prize and title of America’s Top Young Scientist later this year. The nation’s premier middle school science competition recognizes scientific thinking, communication and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who demonstrate a passion for solving everyday problems that could ultimately improve lives around the world.

The finalists, announced on June 25 by 3M and Discovery Education include Jaya Choudhary of Canton, Michigan; Reshma Kosaraju of San Jose, California; Nishant Lahiri of Corning, New York; Camellia Sharma of Glen Allen, Virginia; Samyak Shrimali of Beaverton, Oregon; and Faraz Tamboli of Plainsboro, New Jersey.

All 10 finalists will receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., where they will participate in the final competition on Oct. 28 and 29. They will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges.

In addition to the top 10 finalists, 3M and Discovery Education recognized 20 students as this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winners. These budding young scientists were chosen as a result of their passion for science, spirit of innovation and effective communications skills.

Each winner will receive special recognition on the challenge website, along with a technology prize pack. Those selected include Vinod Ruppa-Kasani of Georgia, Amogh Kashyap of Maryland, Preethika Vemula of Massachusetts, Samhita Pokkunuri of New Jersey, Aarjav Brahmbhatt of New York, Riya Shah of North Carolina, Ekansh Mittal of Oregon, Pooja Menon of Pennsylvania, Adithya Sastry of Tennessee, Samvrit Rao of Virginia and Sohil Bhatia of Washington.

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