Foothill Student Shines in Science

Foothill senior Jenny Mei is among 300 students worldwide chosen as semifinalits in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search.
Santa Clara-based Intel touts its talent search as being America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. The talent search brings together the best and brightest young scientific minds to compete for $1.25 million in scholarships.
Jenny is among 25 California students chosen at semifinalists. Every semifinalist gets a $1,000 award with another $1,000 going to the student's school.
Jenny's project is "Association of Leucine-rich Repeat Kinase 2 with TIA-1 in RNA Stress Granules." She researched a mutation of a protein linked to Parkison's disease. The mutation may be helpful in identifying new leads for therapy.
Jenny competed with 1,608 entrants from 36 states, the District of Columbia and accredited oversease schools in India and South Korea. The talent search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop the skills to solve the problems of tomorrow.
On Jan. 28, 40 of the semifinalists will be named as finalists and receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a week-long event in March. They will compete for a grand prize of $100,000. A total of $530,000 in scholarships will be awarded with each finalist getting at least $5,000 and a new laptop.
Click here for the Intel press release about the semifinalists.
Congratulations to Jenny for this prestigious honor!