BALTIMORE, January 21, 2015One researcher wants to develop a software tool that could help physicians pinpoint which drugs work best to treat patients with lung cancer. Another will address global warming by exploring a new, more economical way to grow algae. And a third hopes to create a human-powered portable refrigerator to transport vaccines to remote areas. 

These studies may seem like the work of top university research scientists. In fact, the projects belong to aspiring middle and high school researchers who have been named recipients of the CTY Cogito Research Awards by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).  

Ten grants of $599 each were awarded to students from across the United States who submitted outstanding proposals for research in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields. A CTY judging panel selected the winning proposals from more than 185 student applications based on overall quality and promise to achieve compelling research results.

Student researchers will use the funds to purchase equipment, rent lab space, or pay for other project-related needs. The award winners will work with supervising mentors as they see their projects through and write final reports on their results. Awardees will also blog about their progress on, CTY’s website and online community for math- and science-minded middle school and high school students.

The 2015 CTY Cogito Research Awards winners are:

Shanelle Fernando, 16, of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
Anurudhramanan Ganesan, 15, of Clarksburg, Maryland
Edward Gelernt, 16, of Moorestown, New Jersey
Nikhil Gopal, 14, of Belle Mead, New Jersey
Arun Johnson, 14, of Redwood City, California
Katherine Nurminsky, 15, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Sonia Sachar, 16, of Fremont, California
Pia Sen, 17, of Austin, Texas
Pranshu Suri, 14, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Isabel Young, 17, of Bethesda, Maryland
About The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
A nonprofit at one of the nation’s premier universities, CTY identifies academic talent in the world’s brightest K-12 learners and supports their growth with accredited summer, online, and family programs, services, and resources designed to meet their needs.