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Two students at Berkshire School have been selected as semifinalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (STS).
Shuvam Chakraborty ’16 and Josiah Tolvo ’16 were named Wednesday among the 300 students chosen from 1,750 entrants to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. As a result of their work, both will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation. Berkshire will receive an additional $2,000.
“I am ecstatic about today's announcement,” said Dr. April Burch, director of Berkshire’s Advanced Math-Science Research program.
“Josiah and Shuvam are two extremely devoted and dedicated young scholars. It has been a pleasure to observe their growth over the years and celebrate this success with them. For Berkshire School to have two of the 13 semi-finalists from the state of Massachusetts is really something to celebrate,” she added.
Chakraborty, who was mentored by Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik at the State University at Albany, developed thermochemical devices aimed at capturing wasted heat, with the goal of turning it into energy. The devices, according to Dr. Burch, could be useful in biosensors such as pacemakers.