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Young Research Scientists Win Scholarships

Magazine article Science News

Young Research Scientists Win Scholarships

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Young research scientists win scholarships

Carrying on the tradition of ancient Greek mathematician Diophantus, 16-year-old Christopher McLean Skinner won first prize in the 48th annual Science Talent Search this week. Skinner studied a general diophantine equation and found methods for determining the upper bounds on its integral solutions. First in his senior class at Hall H.S. in Little Rock, Ark., Skinner received a $20,000 scholarship.

Jordan S. Ellenberg, 17, captured second prize in the competition, which is administered by Science Service, Inc., and sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Ellenberg's mathematics project identifies sets of positive integers satisfying certain symmetric systems of congruence. He won a $15,000 scholarship and ranks at the top of his class at Winston Churchill H.S. in Potomac, Md.

Third place went to Richard Hawkins Christie, 15, who also won a $15,000 scholarship. A senior at Penfield (N.Y.) H.S., Christie studied the interaction between the immune and nervous systems by looking at the distribution of nerve fibers in rat spleen. Christie says his interest in science was piqued at age 10, when he took a college course on the brain.

Other awards announced this week include $10,000 scholarships for fourth-place winner Stacy Elisabeth Benjamin of Francis Lewis H.S. in Flushing, N.Y., who studied the influence of race on the perception of crime severity; fifth-place winner Sharon Celeste Posey of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, who developed a method of mapping restriction sites on DNA; and sixth-place winner Allene Marie Whitney of Capital H. …

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