I get a lot of calls about students who win prizes and it’s hard to figure out which merit attention. I would have room for nothing else if I listed every student who won a certificate, a $50 gift card or a savings bond.
But this Wheeler High School senior deserves a shout-out. Darpan Patel’s achievements are remarkable and remind us that there are many students in “government” schools doing sensational stuff.
Darpan is a regional finalist in the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. He and 15 other students will present their graduate level research projects this weekend at Georgia Tech in an effort to win a $3,000 individual prize, a $6,000 team prize and an invitation to the National Finals in New York and a shot at the $100,000 Grand Prize.
Competing for the individual prize, Darpan is the only Georgia student in the regional finals.
The public can view the projects Friday between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center Amphitheater 222.
Here is Darpan’s background:
Darpan Patel: He is a student in the Center for Advanced Studies, a competitive admissions science, math & technology magnet housed at Wheeler High School.
PROJECT: Tumorigenic Potential of a Novel 14-3-3 Adaptor Protein in Lung Cancer
Darpan’s research project in biomedicine has the potential to increase the effectiveness of lung cancer treatments through his marking of a specific protein as a potential target for small molecule intervention in anti-cancer therapeutics.
SNAPSHOT: Darpan is a senior who is captain of the debate team, the science bowl team and the academic quiz team, and an All-State debater. He is also the editor of the Wheeler Literary Magazine. He is a National AP Scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist, a member of the National Honor Society and Science Honor Society inductee. He is fluent in Gujurati and Spanish, and was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey; he lived there for seven years before moving to Georgia.
FUN FACTS: As part of his extracurricular activities, Darpan tutors students in science and math. He also plays piano and violin. His parents – both of whom are scientists – piqued his interest in the subject, asking him questions about how things worked when he was younger; this developed his interest in figuring out how the world works later in life. Darpan considers his mother to be his personal hero, and he attributes the strengths in his personality and drive to succeed directly to her.
Dr. Cheryl Crooks, Science Research Teacher, Wheeler High School, Marietta.
Dr. Zijian Li, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology at Emory University School of Medicine
Is there anything left to say besides wow?