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Local Students Compete in National Science Talent Search

The students come from science classrooms around the country.

Nearly 2,000 submit research projects in important fields of study. Rohan Dalvi, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School described his submission to ABC7 News.

"My project is Kinetic Trapping and Structural Determination of Native-State Biomolecules in the Gas Phase," Dalvi says.

Dalvi thinks the project could someday help scientists develop more effective drugs. After working on the research with a scientist at Georgetown University, he entered it into the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Director Allie Stifel explained the goal of the competition.

"Ultimately we're searching for the greatest talent in this country in scientific fields. Our goal is to encourage these students and provide them with funds to pursue their interests," she offered.

Dalvi was selected as one of 300 finalists and received a check for 2-thousand dollars. He and another Blair student 17-year old Sambuddha Chattopadhyay are now competing for the grand prize. Chattopadhyay explained, "My project is called T-reflection via Analytic Continuation in Quantum Mechanics. There is a symmetry, a mathematical symmetry that I studied that would allow us to study dark energy and this cosmelogical constant a little better."

The talent search is not new to Blair High School. Over the years, the school has produced 48 finalists.

In March , the two seniors will join other students from around the U.S. in D.C. to display their work before judges and compete for the 250-thousand dollar top prize. "I would probably apply it towards my education...to better prepare myself for a career in science," Dalvi shared.

Prathik Naidu of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and David Rekhtman of Walt Whitman High are also finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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