Davidson Fellows are students under the age of 18
who have completed a significant piece of work in science,
mathematics, technology, music, literature or philosophy.
The work of a Davidson Fellow must have the potential to make a
positive contribution to society. During the past five years, 74
Davidson Fellows have been recognized by the Davidson Institute and
each Fellow has received a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.
Positive contributions to society made by the 2005
Davidson Fellows include:
of an effective method of treating malignant glioma, the deadliest
form of brain cancer, combining chemotherapy and gene therapy.
of a computerized security system based on electric field sensing
that is user-friendly and able to store collected data while
providing essentially foolproof security.
of a literary portfolio exploring intertwining themes of
universal, social and individual perspectives linking personal
identity to family, heritage, culture and humanity to illustrate
in the field of computerized object and facial recognition based
on differential geometry concepts with security applications.
into the physics of dust particles to aid in the design of
exploration and support systems for Martian spaceflight missions.
of a method to reduce the risk of eye infections by contact lens
wearers and cataract patients with intraocular lenses.
compositions and performances transcending culture and time
of a new type of web search engine that categorizes
search results and ranks the relevance of returned Web pages to a
Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since
Identification of the
relationship of specific proteins in the human immune system in
order to develop more effective treatments for HIV patients.
Discovery of how DNA
“bends” under certain circumstances to form RNA, providing a
foundation for future research in nanotechnology and
Confirmation of the
existence of a super-massive black hole in a neighboring galaxy
found by analyzing NASA data studying the amount of radiation
emitted from Centaurus A.
Development of a more
adaptive and accurate spam filter, which is 99 percent effective.
Discovery of a biological
connection as to why people gravitate toward religion.
Isolation and testing of
the gene that is believed to cause colorectal cancer, enabling
doctors to treat the disease much more effectively.
antibodies that can extend the life of terminal cancer patients by
retarding the spread of malignant tumors.
Mathematical modeling of
gasoline sprays to reduce automobile emissions.
Utilization of the herb
fenugreek as a cost-effective, safe and natural way to preserve
fruits and vegetables, and as a non-toxic water purifier.
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