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Eric S. Chen, 17, of San Diego, California won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his research of potential new drugs to treat influenza on Tuesday, March 11. Winners were announced at a black-tie gala following the conclusion of the Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public.
Eric’s interdisciplinary approach combined computer modeling with structural studies and biological validation, with a focus on drugs that inhibit endonuclease, an enzyme essential for viral propagation. Eric hopes his work will lead to a new class of drugs to control flu outbreaks during a pandemic and allow time for a vaccine to be developed.
Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition, received a total of $630,000 in awards.
Read the press release for more information about Eric and the other top ten winners of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014.
We recently caught up with Lina A. Colucci, an alumna of the Science Talent Search (STS 2008).
Michelle Young (Intel STS 2000) founded a magazine that helps people better explore New York City.