Google Science Fair quarter-finalists announced
Fifteen Google Science Fair quarter-finalists have been announced as the competition moves towards the 2011 Grand Final in July. These fifteen finalists will be flying to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California for the Google Science Fair event, and final judging will take place on 11th July by a panel of acclaimed scientists. Open to all students aged 13 to 18 from around the world, the online competition is designed to champion young scientific talent and give students the opportunity to showcase their ideas. Three winners will be chosen from each age group, with an overall winner chosen from those three.
Judging of 7,500 applicants has been taking place since January 2011, and sixty of those were judged via an online competition to identify the People’s Choice Award winner. Nimal Subramanian won US$10,000 towards further education for a study aiming to identify whether anti-cancer agents such as turmeric and cumin decrease the germination and protein content of seeds such as mung beans and chick peas. The remaining top projects submissions have been narrowed down to a final fifteen; the top five projects in each age category 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 years.
The studies are highly advanced for such tender years, and judges are reportedly “blown away” by the talent and standard of the entries. In the 13-14 age category the five quarter-finalists are: