Tragedy is what happens when all our Gujju boys, Tamil Iyers and UP Bhaiyas spend more time at the Swaminarayan Mandir or the Ganesh Temple or watching that stupid Dancing with the Stars shit instead of focusing on more important stuff.
Last night, Intel put out the results of its 2011 Science Talent Search competition, a highly regarded high school research contest.
And the results are soo depressing!
Folks, not one desi among the Top 10.
Referred to as the Junior Nobel Prize, the Science Talent Search is America’s oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Seven former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and one has even won an Academy Award for Best Actress (OK, schmucks, find out which one).
Here are the 2011 winners in order of merit (with their ages in parenthesis):
1. Evan O’Dorney (17)
2. Michelle Hackman (17)
3. Matthew Miller (18)
4. Madeleine Ball (18)
5. Selena Li (17)
6. Keenan Monks (17)
7. Benjamin Clark (15)
8. Xiaoyu Ciao (17)
9. Jenny Liu (18)
10. Scott Boisvert (17)
Do you recognize a single desi among the Top 10?
No, because there ain’t any.
Not one Indian kid among the Top 10! But there were three Chinese kids among the Top 10. 🙁
Among the 40 finalists this year, there were just eight desis:
* Rohan Mahajan (Cupertino, CA)
* Nikhil Parthasarathy (Mountain View, CA)
* Amol Aggarwal (Saratoga, CA)
* Shubhro Saha (Avon, CT)
* Shubhangi Arora (Novi, MI)
* Prithwis Kumar Mukhopadhyay (Woodbury, MN)
* Alydaar Rangwala (Loudonville, NY)
* Sunil Kochikar Pai (Houston, TX)
But none of them made it to the coveted Top 10.
Evan O’Dorney, the first prize winner this year, takes home $100,000 while the other winners get lesser awards. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:
Evan O’Dorney, 17, of Danville, Calif., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. Evan discovered precisely when the faster way would work. As a byproduct of Evan’s research he solved other equations useful for encrypting data. This furthered an interest he developed as early as age 2, when he was checking math textbooks out of the library.
In 2010, Akhil Mathew (of Madison, NJ) won the third prize for his math project on Deligne categories, a setting for studying a wide range of algebraic structures with ties to theoretical physics.
Readers of this fine blog may recollect that Shivani Sud, a desi girl from North Carolina, won the top spot in the 2008 Science Talent Search competition.
Desi Girl Shivani Sud Wins 2008 Intel Science Talent Prize