Nathan Kondamuri

2012 International BioGENEius Challenge, First Place Winner

Nathan KondamuriNathan Kondamuri, an eleventh grader from Munster High School in Dyer, Ind. has won the 2012 International BioGENEius Challenge, a competition for high school students who demonstrate an exemplary understanding of biotechnology through science research projects. Fourteen students from the U.S., Canada and Western Australia competed in this year’s Challenge. Nathan will receive an award of $7,500.

Winners were announced Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the keynote luncheon at the 2012 BIO International Convention, the largest global event for the biotechnology industry.

Kondamuri’s project titled, “A Novel Porphyrin Based Solar Cell Combining Coordinated Metal Ion Substitution and Self-Assembly to Broaden the Absorption Spectrum to Efficiently Create Sustainable Electrical Energy” won him the challenge.

Students were evaluated on the quality of their research and display, their responses to questions demonstrating their scientific knowledge, and the potential commercial applications of their research.

Kondamuri also won 2nd place at the 2011 International BioGENEius Challenge in Washington, D.C. For more information click here.

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