Fellows are students under the age of 18 who have completed a
significant piece of work in science, mathematics, technology, music,
literature, philosophy or outside the box. The
work of a Davidson Fellow must have the potential to make a positive
contribution to society. Since 2001, 127 Davidson
Fellows have been recognized by the Davidson Institute and each Fellow
has received a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.
contributions to society made by the 2008 Davidson Fellows include:
a new type of solar panel;
a computer model to aid physicians in patient diagnosis;
the relevance of classical music to younger generations;
the mathematics of digital signal representations used in cell
phones and music players;
our history to explore themes of freedom, power and duty;
modified national education policy; and
the role of science in our society.
Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since
Research in the field of number theory,
with results that have broad implications in cryptography, specifically to protect against identity theft.
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.
a new drug delivery method to increase the efficiency of
chemotherapy treatments, thereby controlling tumors in areas where surgery is not
an effective method of treating malignant
glioma, the deadliest
form of brain cancer, combining chemotherapy and gene therapy.
the physics of dust particles to aid in the design of
exploration and support systems for Martian spaceflight missions.
the relationships of specific proteins in the human immune system in
order to develop more effective treatments for HIV patients.
the effects of residual pesticides on human breast cells and
advanced musical compositions for piano, cello and violin at
Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center
a literary portfolio focused on deepening our understanding of
human responses to grief
new insights in how DNA
“bends” under certain circumstances to form RNA, providing a
foundation for future research in nanotechnology and
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.
connection as to why people gravitate toward religion.
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.
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