Academy juniors Malavika Vivek and Anjali Gupta are among more than 400 semi-finalists named across the United States in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Malavika and Anjali were selected from more than 1600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects. They were mentored by Dr. Jonathan Spergel of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.”
Anjali and Malavika examined the cross-reactivity in tree nut allergy by developing a two-class neural network algorithm to sort through patient data and identify the most significant cross reactivities. Their algorithm also determined the difference of measurement in the comparison that led to the greatest accuracy. Overall, this algorithm has the potential to impact research regarding the clinical aspects of food allergy as well as provide clarity to the clinical and molecular discrepancies in the field.