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Two Classmates Win Top Awards in Science Talent Search

March 1, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two classmates from Stuyvesant High School in New York won the top awards in the 47th annual national Science Talent Search.

In results announced Monday night, Chetan Nayak, 16, was awarded the top prize for a mathematical analysis of gravitation and electromagnetic fields. He will receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

Janet Tseng, 17, whose project was a study of a parasitic infection common in AIDS victims, was awarded a $15,000 scholarship as the second-place winner.

Both students are seniors at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Nayak lives in Manhattan and Ms. Tseng lives in Queens.

The third-place winner was Benjamin S. Abella, 17, of Chicago. His project studied genes that affect protein production in a certain bacterium. He is a senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools High School and will receive a $15,000 college scholarship.

The winners were announced at a banquet that followed judging of the projects from 40 finalists in the annual national competition that had included 1,339 entrants. The finalists, 24 boys and 16 girls from 17 states, came to Washington last week for the final judging.

Under the sponsorship of Westinghouse Electric Corp., the Science Talent Search has been conducted annually since 1942. Former contest finalists include five Nobel Prize laureates and 27 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Winners for fourth-through-10th place and the prizes received were, in order:

Vijay Satyanand Pande, 17, McLean, Va., $10,000.

Brian David Conrad, 17, Selden, N.Y., $10,000.

Weiva Yu Sieh, 17, Bronx, N.Y., $10,000.

Stacey Ellen Beaulieu, 16, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., $7,500.

Kurt Marshall Cuffey, 18, State College, Pa., $7,500.

Brian Casey Hooker, 17, Atlanta, Ga., $7,500.

Meredith Ann Albrecht, 17, Evanston, Ill., $7,500.

Each of the other 30 finalists will receive cash awards of $1,000.

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