Foothill Junior Takes Top Honor at Science & Engineering Fair

Foothill junior Rahul Doraiswami was awarded a highly coveted sweepstakes award at the 14th annual Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair held March 30 in Livermore.

More than 300 students from middle and high schools in Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville, Livermore and Sunol presented nearly 200 projects at the science fair, sponsored by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Rahul entered his project,
Cancer Diagnosis Using Metabolic Fingerprint Analysis. This is the second phase of his project that garnered a semifinalist ranking last fall in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Rahul was one of only three high school students who won sweepstakes awards for individual projects at the science and engineering fair. Rahul's project took first place in the category of health and medicine. One judge commented that Rahul's work was on par with college graduate-level research.

Rahul and other top students from the fair will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in San Jose in May. More than 1,500 of
the world’s most creative, intelligent and resourceful high school students from more than 50 countries will compete for more than $3 million in awards and scholarships.

Rahul credits his biology, computer science and chemistry classes at Foothill for providing him the knowledge for this challenging project. Special thanks to AP biology teacher Greg Martinez for mentoring Rahul as he developed the project.

Click here for a Pleasanton Weekly article about the fair. Click here for a Tri-Valley Herald article about the event.

Congratulations, Rahul, and best of luck at the Intel competition!

Posted Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rahul explains his project to judges at the science and engineering fair.
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory