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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, technology, engineering, mathematics, 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 226 Davidson Fellows, each receiving a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.

Positive contributions to society made by the 2013 Davidson Fellows include:

  • Developing an affordable arsenic water filter and test that is exponentially cheaper than current methods.

  • Developing Celloidosomes®, a cell self-assembly process for bioengineering 3-dimensional tissues in a core-shell structure.

  • Building a multi-mode 24/7 generator that is powered by any heat source – stove, flame, sun, etc.

  • Developing miRNA prognostic signatures as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer.

  • Assembling jazz pieces that represent the evolution of 20th century jazz and the diversity of jazz as a global musical genre.

  • Creating a device that can simultaneously produce electricity and hydrogen gas from wastewater using anaerobic bacteria.

  • Creating a statistical model that predicts occurrence of convective thunderstorms in different regions of the Northeastern United States.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 include:

  • Designed an efficient and inexpensive method for detecting landmines.

  • 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.

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

  • Developed algae as an effective oil source for biodiesel.

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

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

  • Used antimicrobial properties from bees’ 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.


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