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Positive Contributions to Society

Davidson Fellows are students 18 and under 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, the Davidson Institute has recognized 184 Davidson Fellows, each receiving a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.

Positive contributions to society made by the 2011 Davidson Fellows include:

  • Designing an efficient and inexpensive method for detecting landmines.

  • Developing a methodology to test theories regarding star formation.

  • Creating an algorithm that automates the diagnosis of bladder cancer.

  • Preserving the art of Chinese music while introducing it to the Western world.

  • Exploring relationships, identity, materialism, oppression and emotion through literature.

  • Developing a predictive model to detect adolescent depression with an overall correct classification of 83.66 percent.

  • Developing an economically efficient and functional humanoid robot.

  • Contributing to the ongoing effort to build a large-scale quantum computer by classifying three matrix solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation.

  • Researching the effectiveness of a natural component of the spice turmeric in treating cardiovascular diseases.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 include:

  • Invented a new type of solar panel.

  • Developed a system to identify bone marrow donors in a fraction of the time and cost than previous methods; potential for use with organ transplants.

  • Improved the math of digital signal representations used in cell phones and music players.

  • Designed 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.

  • Developed a chemical-detecting robot.

  • Used antimicrobial properties from beesí honeystomachs to create a preventative measure protecting honeybees from the fatal American Foulbrood Disease, 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.

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


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