Why do they deserve congratulations? In this country where everyone complains about the lack of science and math skills of our young people, these three took top honors at the Intel Science Talent Search held March 16.
Erika DeBenedictis won first place for designing navigation software for spacecraft that could aid in traveling an "interplanetary superhighway." David Liu, second place winner, designed software that automatically searches for and organizes digital pictures. Akhil Mathew earned third place honors for his mathematical work in constructs called Deligne categories. They, along with 37 other finalists, collected over $630,000 in scholarships and other awards.
All I can say is "Wow! Congratulations!"
Source: Space navigation plan takes gold in 2010 Intel Science Talent Search; Science News; April 10, 2010; p.7 (Online: Intel Science Talent Search spotlights America's whiz kids)