The top three finalists in this spring's Intel Science Talent Search credit things like parental support, perseverance, a spirit of inquiry, and science fair participation for their successes.
For his project, first-place winner Nithin Tumma analyzed the molecular mechanisms in cancer cells and found that by inhibiting certain proteins, it may be possible to slow the growth of cancer cells and decrease their malignancy.
A high school senior from Michigan, Nithin suggests that his participation in science fairs earlier in his academic career laid a foundation for his recent success. "I wasn't great at winning, but I had a good time doing it," he said. "My parents always supported me. So I kept on doing it. And it worked out." It worked out in a big way: Nithin received a cash prize... Read More