from the Better,-Faster,-Cheaper dept.
PatrickUnderwood brings our attention to this remarkable story on ABCnews/Go.com:
Mariangela Lisanti, a high school student from Westport, CT, has been named as this yearís winner of the Intel Science Talent Search. She was awarded a $100,000 college scholarship.
Lisanti, who as already compiled an impressive resume, entered a physics project titled "Conductance Quantization in Gold Nanocontacts." She is the third young woman in a row to win the top prize in the Intel competition. Lisantiís work was conducted at Yale University under the guidance of Prof. Mark Reed, Chair of the Electrical Engineering department and a leading researcher in the field of molecular electronics. To better understand electron transport in tiny nanostructures, Lisanti developed a new measurement apparatus that enables data acquisition at an unprecedented rate and is applicable to a wide range of studies. Additional details are available on the Yale web site.
Amazingly, this is the second award of $100,000 Ms. Lisanti has received: She was also winner in the Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Competition in December 2000.