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Durham student wins top prize at global science fair

A North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics student has won an international award for his research on a real-time globalized system for mitigating agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. 

Nikhil Vemuri was recently named one of the first award winners in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international high school science competition. Vemuri received the $5,000 First Award for Earth and Environmental Sciences. The awards are given by Regeneron, a biotechnology company, and the Society for Science.

The competition, which featured 2,000 students from 49 U.S. states and nearly 70 countries, aims to identify and reward the development of innovative and environmentally significant projects. Finalists were evaluated based on their creativity, innovation and level of scientific inquiry.

In addition to Vemuri, fellow NCSSM students Siddharth Maruvada and Dhairya Agarwal received second awards of $2,000 for their work in Translational Medical Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences, respectively. Classmates Abhinav Meduri and Maruthi Vemula and received fourth awards of $500 in Chemistry and Systems Software.

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