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Regeneron Science Talent Search

Pranav Chhaliyil named as Regeneron Science Talent Search scholar and Ms. Barbara Hays, the Teacher of Merit.

On January 9, the Society for Science & the Public named the top scholars of the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions that solve our most urgent challenges. The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals have announced Pranav Chhaliyil as one of the 300 high school seniors named as Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars. Pranav is a senior at the Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa to receive this great honor. His mentor and teacher Ms. Barbara Hays also was nominated as the “Teacher of Merit” by Regeneron.

The selection as scholar is a great honor, and signifies talent and promise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These scholars join a distinguished group of alumni that includes Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, entrepreneurs and innovators who, were named among the top 300 competitors in this program as seniors in high school.

Regeneron Science Talent Search scholarEach scholar, selected from 1,964 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school, resulting in $1.2 million in total scholar awards from Regeneron.

The scholars, who hail from 184 American and international high schools from 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and two countries abroad, were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 2,000 students. Each of the 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000.

Pranav’s Findings

Pranav from his 7th grade had been involved in scientific research on oral microbiome. Last year he conducted research on the effect of sugar causing dental damage and was curious to know if white sugar or unprocessed brown-sugar made any difference. To his surprise, he found that eating unrefined sugar is good for preventing systemic diseases like eating unrefined starches like whole grains. The balance of good and bad bacteria of the oral microbiome was significantly disturbed with white sugar. However while eating unrefined sugar, which is rich in polyphenols, prevented biofilm formation in the tooth.

“I actually invented a new mouthwash that’s rich in polyphenols and it includes my previously developed Nano charcoal. Middle school children volunteered to be his subjects for the research involving DNA sequencing of oral microbiota. The subjects who ate porridge that contained the white sugar got protection from the early colonizers by using the mouthwash.” He plans to commercialize the product as a healthier alternative, Pranav explained.

We Are All Proud

“We’re very proud of him, he set a great example to other students because he is not only highly achieved, but we see the support that he gives to his peers here at the school as well. He has kept his feet on the ground. So, just deep pride,” said Dr. Richard Beall, Maharishi School Principal.

Pranav has some words of advice for students. “Never belittle your small ideas that popup in your brain. If you think how it will help others, it will magically self-develop and will impact the lives of many people more than you can think of. “I always believe that in order for you to succeed, it’s important for you to also give back,” said Pranav.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Pranav’s Success – Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Background of JSHS

During the first week of March, students from across the state of Iowa attended the Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), hosted by the Belin-Blank Center at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville, Iowa on March 5-6, 2018. Pranav Chhaliyil of Maharishi School participated in JSHS.

JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize high school students conducting scientific research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers – conducting STEM research on behalf of, or directly for, the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation’s scientific and technological progress.

Students completed an original research project and submitted a research paper to the regional competition. The authors of the top 18 papers were invited to compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting their results before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Students also toured various labs and facilities at the University of Iowa to hear about cutting-edge research, potential career paths, and student opportunities.

More About Pranav

After an intensive day of presentations, the judges had the difficult task of selecting five finalists based on their research papers and presentations. Pranav Chhaliyil of Maharishi School placed third in the Regional JSHS competition. State awards:

 

  • The top five finalists at the Iowa Regional JSHS were awarded academic scholarships and were invited to attend an expense-paid trip to the 54th Annual National Symposium.
  • The Academy of Applied Science distributed $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place at the Iowa Regional Symposium.
  • The University of Iowa awarded $750 scholarships to each of the five Iowa finalists.

The top five finalists at the Iowa Regional Symposium attended an all-expense-paid trip to the 56th National JSHS Symposium which was conducted at Huntsville, Maryland from May 3-6 to present their research and competed for additional prizes.

Pranav’s project was “Metagenomics Analysis of Bedtime Oral Cleaning by the Novel GIFT Method, Shows a Reduction in Dental-Damaging Bacteria”.
Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned. By participating in regional and national symposia, students may participate in a forum honoring individual achievement in STEM and qualify for significant scholarships and other recognition. A total of $192,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships is presented to the top three finalists in the National Symposium research paper oral competition in each of the subject categories.

About the experience of sharing his findings, Pranav said,“I presented a poster which combined my findings from past three years of research on the oral microbiome. The judges, students, and the general public at the Nationals JSHS were very fascinated and liked the value of my research. The main purpose of my research is to bring awareness on Dental Hygiene, and I’m glad I was able to do that at the competition.
The Nationals JSHS was an amazing experience for me. I was so happy to represent Iowa and meet so many wonderful students with the same interest as me, Science. It was an eye-opening experience for me. I loved presenting to my judges who appreciated my work and motivated me. There were inspiring speeches from people working in the Army and helping the nation through scientific research.

I enjoyed making friends with the bright minds there. There were so many ideas and projects that truly inspired me. I enjoyed spending time my friends and studying with them as well. I loved sharing about my Fairfield community. They were very impressed by Transcendental Meditation and wished they had it at their schools. I am grateful to Maharishi School for their support. Dr. Richard Beall, Ms. Laurie Bauman, Ms. Barbara Hays, and all my teachers who have been a great support and inspiration throughout the years.”

Written by Pranav K. Chhalliyil.

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556