Science is something that has been studied for hundreds of years, and there is still a world of potential to be tapped. For every discovery that is made, there are thousands that are inspired. Those dedicated to studying science and presenting findings may have to work relentlessly, but they also enjoy the greatest rewards and highest degrees of satisfaction.
It is a widely accepted fact that pursuing the study of science requires not just dedication, but lateral thinking and the ability to go beyond what is available. While dealing with existing facts and managing an in-depth understanding is what is warranted initially, it is in the subsequent study that extrapolations and recommendations can be put forward.
It takes years of research and a lot of study to be able to thoroughly understand a subject. Proposing solutions and alternatives comes at a very advanced level. However, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Awards demonstrate some astounding innovations and revolutionary thought.
Every year, the greatest minds and most promising individuals from all over the country come together at the Intel STS Awards. With applicants from a variety of backgrounds and schools, plenty was brought to the table. Some topics were novel, some studies detailed, and some findings alarming. Combining all of these was Nithin Tumma, a 17-year-old from Michigan, who presented an analysis of molecular mechanisms in cancer cells and the ability to retard their growth and decrease malignancy. He walked away with plenty of promise, and a cushy prize of $100,000.
It brings delight to know that an Indian American earned first place, and it is more heartening to know that of the forty finalists short listed, seven were Indian American. It is incredible how these children have shown an
exceptional bent of mind.
With Indians, it is common to pursue science as a chosen stream for education. This is largely due to the perception that it is most respectable, and also that it has the best future. However, Indians have also shown a tremendous aptitude for the subject. The additional advantage they bring is the ability to work longer, harder hours and be able to focus and channel energy well. This is also evident in the number of Indian American scientists and pioneers the world salutes today.
There are several factors that contribute to the ability to grapple with science better. These include improved ability to retain and apply concepts as well as the practice of working regularly and consistently. The Intel STS Awards may be inspiring and gratifying, but moments of victory like these can be forgotten with time. However, winners of the Intel STS awards have gone on to be recipients of Nobel Prizes, prestigious fellowships, and also the National Awards of Science. The future awaits smart thinkers, and the world looks forward to what they will bring.