This was the first year in the history of the Dr. Ying Student Science Competition that there was a three-way tie for first place.

Gabrielle A. Gianelli, a junior at Orange County’s Lake Highland Preparatory School; Nimish P. Ramanlal, a junior at Seminole County’s Seminole High School; and Shiv Gaglani, a junior at Brevard County’s West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, all took home $5,000 prizes. This also marked Shiv’s second time as a top winner.

The winning projects included Gabrielle’s mathematical analysis of Mars that could assist NASA with their search for signs of water on the Red Planet; Nimish’s plan to improve high-powered quantum computers so they could better assist in the research and development of nanobots that could help cure a variety of diseases; and Shiv’s experiments to increase the potency of adult stem cells, which could curb the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research.

Dr. Ying thought the exceptional quality of each project deserved top honors. This was the seventh year Dr. Ying and the Orlando Science Center partnered to recognize science talent. In 2010, the Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center, when it begins on April 23 and concludes with the awards ceremony on April 25.

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