Foothill Junior Science Semifinalist

Foothill junior Rahul Doraiswami has been named a regional semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Rahul and his partner, a student at Oakland's College Preparatory School, worked tirelessly on their project regarding cancer detection via cell behavior analysis. In addition to cell biology cancer research, the duo also developed an advanced computer model to detect the disease from clinical data.

"I became interested in cancer research after seeing some family members suffer," Rahul said. "Working on this  project helped me learn quite a bit about the advances made in cell biology mapping."

The Siemens competition recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. It is considered one of the nation's most revered teen science competitions.

A record number of 1,348 projects from 2,151 students was received for this year's contest. Only 318 students nationwide were chosen as semifinalists, while another 96 were chosen as finalists.

Foothill will get a banner to announce that Rahul is a semifinalist in the prestigious competition. Rahul is the only Pleasanton student to be recognized in the Siemens contest.

Rahul, the No. 1-ranked player on Foothill's tennis team, plans to study bioengineering in college with an eye toward working in the field of cancer research. He also hopes to continue playing tennis in college.

Congratulations to Rahul for this outstanding honor!

Posted Friday, Oct. 30, 2009