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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, philosophy or outside the box. The work of a Davidson Fellow must have the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Since 2001, 146 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 2009 Davidson Fellows include:

  • Developing a system to identify bone marrow donors in a fraction of the time and cost than previous methods; potential for use with organ transplants.
  • Researching methods of identifying low-energy paths for spacecraft.
  • Designing computer simulations to determine how various patterns affect an epidemic’s spread across a social network.
  • Studying an enzyme in the bacteria that causes staph infections with results that could lead to new antibiotics.
  • Celebrating mankind’s best achievements through music.
  • Creating a literary portfolio exploring different facets of distance in writing.
  • Studying arsenic metabolism in Bangladeshis to find ways to treat longtime exposure.
  • Researching a molecular mechanism showed to influence breast cancer cell proliferation & migration.
  • Creating a metamaterials negative index refraction lens with applications in stealth technology and radio frequency signal switching.
  • Developed a data storage technique by exploring nanofabrication methods for spintronics with applications in nanotechnology and nanolithography.
  • Exploring the foundation of evil through a graduate-level philosophy portfolio.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 include:

·         Inventing a new type of solar panel

·         Improving the mathematics of digital signal representations used in cell phones and music players;

·         Designing a computer model to aid physicians in patient diagnosis;

·         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.

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

·         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.

·         Researched the effects of residual pesticides on human breast cells and neurons

·         Performed advanced musical compositions for piano, cello and violin at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center

·         Created a literary portfolio focused on deepening our understanding of human responses to grief

·         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.


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