Indian-American students take top honors at University of Texas Siemens Competition Regional

Indian American students from Texas swept the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology regional finals at the University of Texas at Austin Nov. 19.

Plano’s Prateek Kalakuntla won top individual honors for his research developing a new tool to test for the presence of the neuro-toxin mercury in water that could be used in developing countries.

Richardson’s Adhya and Shriya Beesam won top team honors for developing a new approach to diagnose schizophrenia earlier in patients using both brain scans and psychiatric evaluation.

Kalakuntla won $3,000 for his project. Beesams won $6,000 to share for their project.

David Etzwiler is CEO of the Siemens Foundation.

About: Launched in 1999, the competition was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens. The competition, administered by Discovery Education, seeks to recognize and hopefully build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

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