Contact Information:
(775) 852-3483 ext. 425


Positive Contributions to Society

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 six years, 90 Davidson Fellows have been recognized by the Davidson Institute and each Fellow has received a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.

Here are some of the 2006 Davidson Fellows' positive contributions to society:

  • Developed a new drug delivery method to increase the efficiency of chemotherapy treatments, thereby controlling tumors in areas where surgery is not an option.

  • Research in the field of number theory, with results that have broad implications in cryptography, specifically to protect against identity theft.

  • Deduced a mathematical formula having to do with airplane wing design on airfoils that could aid in next generation aircraft design, aerodynamics, heat flow and fluid dynamics.

  • Determined how to improve diagnostics in the field of medicine by using new contrast agents that make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) more effective.

  • Used antimicrobial properties from bees’ honeystomachs to create a preventative measure protecting honeybees from the fatal American Foulbrood Disease (AFB), which affects the pollination of billions of dollars in agriculture crops worldwide.

  • Developed an analytical method for estimating a brown dwarf’s age and mass, which can help unlock clues about stellar evolution and formation and the history of our galaxy.

  • Devised a computational tool to analyze genetic sequence variability in humans for a better understanding of the genetic basis of Alzheimer's disease, autism and bipolar disorder.

  • Created a literary portfolio exploring the search for truth and beauty through depictions of human interaction and the interactions of the larger cosmos.

  • Identified the gene responsible for colorblindness in mice with results that may help people with achromatopsia 2, the most severe form of colorblindness.

  • Performed a prodigious musical portfolio of classical guitar compositions with the hope of expanding classical music fans' appreciation for this instrument.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 include:

  • Developed an effective method of treating malignant glioma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, combining chemotherapy and gene therapy.

  • Researched the physics of dust particles to aid in the design of exploration and support systems for Martian spaceflight missions.

  • Investigated the relationships of specific proteins in the human immune system in order to develop more effective treatments for HIV patients.

  • Discovered new insights in how DNA “bends” under certain circumstances to form RNA, providing a foundation for future research in nanotechnology and biocomputation.

  • Confirmed 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.

  • Discovered a biological connection as to why people gravitate toward religion.

  • Developed mathematical modeling of gasoline sprays to reduce automobile emissions.

  • Utilized the herb fenugreek as a cost-effective, safe and natural way to preserve fruits and vegetables, and as a non-toxic water purifier.


Click here to visit the Davidson Fellows Press Room.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development
9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B
Reno, Nevada 89521
Fax: 775-852-2184