Fairfax students earn science recognition

Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.

The students are all enrolled at TJHSST, as the school is known. They are Archis Bhandarkar, whose project involved research on brain circuitry; Tina Ju ,who studied infectious diseases that affect the respiratory system; Lucas Kang, whose project concerned discrete computational systems; Kunal Khurana, who investigated binding proteins; and William Moses, who studied wireless frequency technology.

Last year, seven FCPS students were named semifinalists in the Intel competition and 11 Fairfax teenagers were semifinalists in 2012.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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