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Twenty young scientists, mathematicians, creative writers, and musicians gathered in the rotunda of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on September 29 for the fifteenth annual Davidson Fellows reception. The fellows received $10,000 to $50,000 scholarships from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Twelve of the recipients are Society for Science & the Public alumni. The three finalists who received $50,000 scholarships are all Society alumni.
Most of the fellows said their scholarship award would help them offset the costs of college. The 2015 fellows’ research focused on cancer and other diseases, the global water crisis, supercapacitor energy storage, and how literature can build connections among people.
“It’s so cool to see in the high academic realms how receptive people are to young people with ideas,” said fellow Jazz Munitz during his speech. “We’re nothing more than young people who are trying to make a difference in our world.”
“I want to push the boundaries of what I know I can create,” said fellow Jenny Wang, who created a more effective way to produce 3D images of the brain.
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The reception ended with fellow Joe Broom playing a rendition of “The Bullfight” on the tuba.
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