Pranav's selection as scholar is a great honor, and signifies talent and promise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review and Maharishi School website
9 March 2019
Maharishi School senior Pranav Chhaliyil who has won many science awards now has another to add to his collection, having been named a top 300 scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search – the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition.
Mr. Chhaliyil received a $2,000 award, and Maharishi School received $2,000. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
In addition, Mr. Chhaliyil was recently named a finalist in the 2019 AXA Achievement Scholarship Program, which awards over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people who demonstrate ambition, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family, and community, and the ability to succeed in college.
His recent accomplishments also include giving a presentation at the 2019 International Plant & Animal Genome Conference in San Diego that was attended by over 3,000 leading genetic scientists and plant and animal researchers from around the world.
His presentation, “Effect of Sugar polyphenols on Oral Microbiota,” covered his research showing that the polyphenols in unrefined carbohydrates and sugars serve to inhibit microbial growth and prevent biofilm and dental plaque.
He also gave a poster presentation titled “In vitro Effect of Sugarcane Polyphenols on Oral Microbiota.”
Mr. Chhaliyil has been researching dental health since middle school and has shown that traditional methods of teeth cleaning can be much less expensive and more effective than commercial toothpaste.
Pranav has some words of advice for students. “Never belittle your small ideas that popup in your brain. If you think how it will help others, it will magically self-develop and will impact the lives of many people more than you can think of. I always believe that in order for you to succeed, it’s important for you to also give back,” said Pranav.
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