Unionville senior named Intel finalist

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Shashwat Kishore (left) is shown discussing one of his mathematics projects at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Az.

A Unionville High School (UHS) senior has been named one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.

Shashwat Kishore, 18, of Birmingham Township, was chosen for his project entitled “Multiplicity Space Signatures and Applications in Tensor Products of sl2 Representations.”

Kishore, a repeat winner in annual Delaware Valley Science Fair competitions, is the only finalist from Pennsylvania. He was selected from 300 semifinalists and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of his scientific research, as well as his achievement and leadership both inside and outside the classroom, an Intel press release said.

Sheila Romine, a district resident and the director of mentorship and communication for the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF), said it has been a pleasure to watch the progression of Kishore’s skills in mathematical research.

“As another of UHS’s high achievers in science fair, I hope his success, coupled with his gracious good nature, inspire a continuation to this trend,” Romine said. “All of us at DVSF congratulate Shashwat on achieving the impressive level of finalist in Intel STS and wish him well in the upcoming ‘Super Bowl of science’ competition for the top STS prizes.”

Kishore, the son of Sheel and Smita Kishore, has also excelled in the USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad’s summer program, a regimen designed to identify and encourage “the most creative secondary mathematics students in the country,” according to the Olympiad’s web site. In 2012, Kishore was one of 14 winners nationwide in the 10th-grade and under, a category that began with about 240 hand-picked math whizzes. He won again in 2013 and was invited to participate in the Olympiad's summer program.

In June, Kishore was one of 83 students selected from around the globe to attend the 31st annual Research Science Institute (RSI), an intensive, six-week program at MIT that provides students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Intel Science Talent Search, administered by the Society for Science & the Public, encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and create technologies and solutions that will make people’s lives better. The 40 finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards provided by the Intel Foundation.

“Intel invests in engineering, math and science education to support the next generation of innovators, who will create the products and services to enrich our daily lives,” said Justin Rattner, president of the Intel Foundation. “This year’s finalists – who are engaged in leading-edge scientific research and the creation of new technology to address global challenges such as renewable energy, cybersecurity and infectious diseases – prove that with the right education and resources, young people can indeed change the world.”

Starting this year, the Intel Science Talent Search will feature a new awards structure that includes triple the top award money and new award categories. In place of the competition’s previous $100,000 top prize, three Medal of Distinction awards of $150,000 each will be presented to students who show exceptional scientific potential in three areas: basic research, global good, and innovation. There are also three second-place awards of $75,000, and three third-place awards of $35,000.

“The 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are some of the best and brightest young scientists in the nation,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “As an alumna of the Science Talent Search, I am especially proud to join with Intel in congratulating the finalists on their successes and look forward to learning more about them and their research, both at the finals in March and as their careers progress.”

While in Washington, D.C., Intel Science Talent Search finalists will undergo a rigorous judging process, interact with leading scientists, display their research to the public at the National Geographic Society and meet with national leaders. Winners will be announced at a black-tie, invitation-only gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 10.

In the past, young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent Search have gone on to receive other accolades, including eight Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 12 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress (Natalie Portman).

For more information, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-sts.


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