Big ideas net CTY research awards for 10 aspiring young researchers

Grants of $599 awarded to middle, high school students from across U.S.

One aspiring researcher wants to develop a software tool that could help doctors pinpoint which drugs work best to treat patients with lung cancer. Another hopes to address global warming by exploring a new, more economical way to grow algae. And a third hopes to create a human-powered portable refrigerator to transport vaccines to remote areas.

These are just a few of the projects proposed by the 10 middle and high school students who were recently named recipients of the CTY Cogito Research Awards by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

Grants of $599 each were awarded to students from across the country who submitted outstanding proposals for research in science, technology, engineering, or math fields. A CTY judging panel selected the winning proposals from more than 185 student applications based on overall quality and promise to achieve compelling research results.

Student researchers will use the funds to purchase equipment, rent lab space, or for other project-related expenses. The award-winners will work with supervising mentors as they see their projects through and write final reports on their results. Awardees will also blog about their progress on, CTY's website and online community for math- and science-minded middle and high school students.

The 2015 CTY Cogito Research Awards winners are:

  • Shanelle Fernando, 16, of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
  • Anurudhramanan Ganesan, 15, of Clarksburg, Maryland
  • Edward Gelernt, 16, of Moorestown, New Jersey
  • Nikhil Gopal, 14, of Belle Mead, New Jersey
  • Arun Johnson, 14, of Redwood City, California
  • Katherine Nurminsky, 15, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
  • Sonia Sachar, 16, of Fremont, California
  • Pia Sen, 17, of Austin, Texas
  • Pranshu Suri, 14, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Isabel Young, 17, of Bethesda, Maryland

Summaries of proposed projects can be found at