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Davidson Institute for Talent Development 
Names Nine Davidson Fellows

Davidson Fellows to Receive Significant Scholarships
for Outstanding Achievements in Technology, Mathematics and Humanities

Reno, Nev. (Sept.  6, 2001) -  The Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted young people, will recognize nine students for their extraordinary achievements in science, technology, mathematics, music, literature and philosophy at a reception in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2001.

At the reception, each student will receive the prestigious Davidson Fellows Award, an honor given each year to students who demonstrate a significant achievement that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Young people named as Davidson Fellows also receive $50,000 or $10,000 scholarships to be used to further the development of their talent through attendance at an accredited institution of learning. 

For 2001, three of the nine young people chosen as Davidson Fellows will be named Davidson Fellow Laureates ($50,000 scholarship recipients), a title given to students who submit a significant work worthy of the greatest honor or distinction. 

"The ‘Davidson Fellow Laureate’ title is an ideal way for us to recognize students who achieve exceptional, prodigious achievement,“ said Marie Capurro, director of programs and services at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. 

2001 Davidson Fellow Laureates include:

·      Joshua Feldman, 11, from Manhasset Hills, New York, and the youngest musician ever accepted to The Juilliard School, brilliantly performed a piano recital composed of four masterpieces from the Baroque period to the 20th century: Chopin’s Sherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op.31, Bach’s Organ Prelude in G-minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, Kabelevsky’s Sonata No. 3, Op. 46.

·      Chintan Hossain, 14, from Wilmington, Delaware, impressively used nonlinear dynamics and computer technology to create a cardiovascular model to study normal and abnormal heart activity in his project, “Conquering the Heart Using Nonlinear Dynamics.” This model may be used to predict and control the effect of a pacemaker and certain drugs on cardiac cells.

·       Brennan Johnson, 18, from Des Moines, Iowa, prodigiously sequenced a gene found in the mitochrondrial genome of a reptile to illustrate the impact of natural selection in her project, “Phylogeography of the Western Hognose Snake.”

Completing the list of award recipients are the 2001 Davidson Fellows ($10,000 scholarship recipients): 

·       Eric Anderson, 17, from Evanston, Wyoming, demonstrated distinction in both computer programming and game design through his creation of “Snaker 2,” a Real Time Interactive multi-player computer game which features AI controlled elements as well as a fully functional editor to allow players to create their own levels of game play.

·      Kit Armstrong, 9, from Los Alamitos, California, brilliantly composed and performed a suite of five movements for the piano, appropriately titled “Five Elements.”

·      Julia Carey, 15, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, composed “Compositions for Orchestra and Chamber Groups, which consists of five orchestral scores, one string orchestra score and two chamber works.

·       Rachel Emery, 16, from Annville, Pennsylvania, wrote I-Ana, an insightful novella that explores human identity, soul and self-discovery, and examines the hard work involved in unearthing, understanding, and honoring one’s true self.

·     Kai Kadoich, 17, from Las Vegas, Nevada, wrote, “Melville’s Metaphysical Masterpiece,” an extensive analysis, which bridges the gap between literature and philosophy. This piece highlights philosophical concepts such as relativism, dialectics, epistemology and metaphysics through the characters, symbols, and events of Moby Dick.

·      Daniel Ohrenstein, 15, from Sarasota, Florida, penned an insightful eight-part lecture series titled “The Endeavor of Seeing the Essential Nature of Existence,” which discusses the ultimate nature of existence, the relationship between science and religion, and the importance of the individual.

“It is an honor and privilege to recognize these nine outstanding students for their achievements,” said Jan Davidson, president and co-founder of the Davidson Institute. “They represent one of our institute’s strongest beliefs: Individuals who have extraordinary intelligence and talents, when encouraged and supported, can improve the quality of life for all of us.”

Located in Reno, Nev., the Davidson Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit operating foundation, established in 1999 by educational software entrepreneurs, Bob and Jan Davidson.  The mission of the Davidson Institute is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference. For more information on the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, please visit


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