Two Blair seniors named Intel finalists

Jan. 28, 2004, midnight | By Branden Buehler | 19 years, 10 months ago

Blair seniors Melis Anahtar and Gordon Su were selected as finalists in the 2004 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). Anahtar and Su were chosen from 300 semifinalists and were among four finalists from Maryland.

Overall, 40 finalists were selected from 14 states and Washington, D.C. Blair, with two finalists, was tied with Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York for the most finalists.

According to an STS press release, the finalists will compete for $530,000 in scholarships in Washington, D.C. between March 11 and March 16.

Anahtar's project was entitled "Microfluidic Device for Rapid Isolation of Pure Leukocyte Populations." A biography on the Science Service website revealed she "created a microfluidic device that isolates 'diagnostically useful' white blood cells from whole blood without altering their characteristics."

Su worked at the World Bank for his project, entitled "The Effects of Economic Globalization on Income Inequality in Post-Mao China." According to his Science Service biography, he "developed a series of equations that he used to study the impact of globalization on urban-rural population and coastal-interior province inequality and the overlap between them."

Last year, Blair had one finalist, Anatoly Preygel, who ended up finishing third and receiving a $50,000 scholarship.

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