If you read elsewhere at ScienceBlogs.com, you’ll know that several bloggers have been discussing race and gender issues in the scientific and medical research communities as well as the challenges facing young scientists who pursue academic research careers. So, I was overjoyed this morning to see this glowing face on Shivani Sud, a local young woman of Indian heritage who took first prize in the Intel Science Talent Search (formerly the Westinghouse Science Talent Search).
Shivani Sud, 17, was awarded a $100,000 college scholarship during a ceremony in Washington for her research to improve colon cancer treatment.
Sud, who attends Jordan High School, said Tuesday night she was thankful and proud. “That proud feeling comes from doing what I do and not just the acknowledgement of it,” she said.
Her father, Ish, and her teary-eyed mother, Anu, joined their daughter on stage for pictures right after the announcement at a black-tie banquet for the contest’s 40 finalists. (source)
As fellow blogger, Karen Ventii, said today in her interview with Bora Zivkovic, you’ve got to start them early.
Sadly, though, the very same issue of the local fishwrapper has this story about a recent report (Broken Pipeline) on the evaporation of national research support for biomedical researchers who complete doctoral and postdoctoral training.
I sure hope there’s a bright future in the US for brilliant young minds like Ms Sud.
Addendum (13 March): Former deputy editor of The Scientist, Ivan Oransky, MD, reminds us that they covered the story of Shivani Sud in late 2006 (here). At the beginning of March, Mr Oransky joined Scientific American as their online managing editor – congratulations to Ivan as well!
Addendum (14 March):
Intel has posted detailed information on each of the top ten winners plus videos from the top three. Here is Shivani’s – in the second half, she does a better job of explaining her project than almost any researcher I’ve seen on television recently:
Photo credit: Bob Goldberg, Intel Corp.