Intel science winner is 15

Amy Chyao, a 15-year-old student from Richardson, Texas won first place in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair for her work on “a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT), an emerging cancer treatment that uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells.” She received $75,000.   

Other top honors went to Kevin Ellis, 18, of Vancouver, Wash. and Yale Fan, 18, of Beaverton, Ore., each of whom received $50,000 from the Intel Foundation. Kevin developed a method to automatically speed up computer programs by analyzing the programs while they are running so that work could be divided across multiple microprocessors. Yale’s project demonstrated the advantages of quantum computing in performing difficult computations.  

Smart kids.

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    Update: Amy’s age has been updated to 16 (Intel says that it’s press release was incorrect).