Nine Students Named Semifinalists in Society for Science and the Public’s 2020 Science Talent Search

News Release
January 13, 2020

Nine students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named semifinalists in the 2020 Society for Science and the Public’s Science Talent Search, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
Semifinalists for 2020 are:


From Madison High School:  

  • Justin Hu, Using Self Assembled Monolayers for the Reliable Fabrication of Ion-selective, Membrane-Functionalized Biochemical Sensors with the Potential for implantation.
  • Anjali Sardana, Maturation of Excitatory Synapses in the Juvenile rodent Hippocampus Supports Spatial Navigation Ability in the Barnes Maze.


From Oakton High School:

  •  Nehu Pavuluru, The Investigation of 2D Monolayers for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.


From Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology:

  •  Sabrina Cai, Investigating synthetic lethality for brain cancer therapy.
  •  Avyuk Dixit, Assessing Glaucoma Progression Using a Machine Learning Model Trained on Longitudinal Visual Field and Clinical Data.
  • Victoria Graf, Determining Stimulus Selection Parameters for Treatment of Neurological Disorders Using Statistical Analysis of EEG Signal Entropy.
  • Ankit Gupta, StrokeSave: A Novel, High-Performance Mobile Application for Stroke Diagnosis using Deep Learning and Computer Vision.
  • Benjamin Kang, All-pay auctions and applications to trade wars.
  • Neeyanth Kopparapu, MRI Image Synthesis for the Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease using Deep Learning.

Seventeen students from Virginia were selected as part of the group of 300 national and international semifinalists in the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Forty finalists will be named on January 22.

Additional information is available online

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.