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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, 166 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 2010 Davidson Fellows include:

  • Studying the genetic factors affecting metastatic progression of prostate cancer.

  • Identifying compounds that can help convert human and mouse skin cells into pluripotent stem cells.

  • Creating new musical expressions and listening experiences through classical music.

  • Contributing to greener methods of making medicines, pharmaceuticals and other chemical products.

  • Developing a chemical-detecting robot.

  • Studying therapeutic ultrasound’s potential in treating recurrent and metastatic cancer.

  • Researching the spread of epidemics.

  • Developing a computer algorithm which improves contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  • Synthesizing bismuth nanowires to demonstrate quantum confinement, which is useful in the new field of spintronics.

  • Demonstrating the utility of literature and art in society as inspiring empathy.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 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.

  • Inventing a new type of solar panel.  

  • Researching methods of identifying low-energy paths for spacecraft.

  • Researching a molecular mechanism showed to influence breast cancer cell proliferation & migration.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 and 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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