Ashburn, VA (August 27, 2015) – Adriel Sumathipala, a senior at Broad Run High School, was recently named as one of the top 20 Global Finalists in the Google Science Fair.
Only seven of the 20 Global Finalists are from the United States. Finalist exhibition and judging will take place September 21st. The Finalist Prize is a trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to attend the judging.
Sumathipala had previously been chosen one of 90 Regional Finalists from thousands of entries. The 90 Regional Finalists were from around the world (India, Turkey, South Africa, China, Belarus, Egypt, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and more).
For the first and second rounds of judging, the panel was composed of teachers, practicing scientists and university professors. At the finalist judging event, the panel will be science luminaries and tech innovators.
Google Science Fair (GSF) is one of the world’s top science and tech competitions for students from ages 13-18. GSF is organized by Google and sponsored by Lego, Virgin Galactic, National Geographic and Scientific American. In 2011, the competition’s first year, more than 10,000 applicants from 91 countries applied for one of the top 20 spots.
Sumathipala’s project is titled “A Multi-Biomarker Diagnostic for Cardiac Disease: Rapid. Portable. Ultra-low Cost.” He developed an ultra-low-cost, rapid and portable diagnostic for cardiac-disease patients that aggregates data from multiple biomarkers to provide patients with a holistic understanding of their risk for cardiac disease. The data from this diagnostic can provide non-specialist patients with immediate feedback on their treatment for cardiac disease and empower patients to make the informed lifestyle changes needed to reduce risk for cardiac disease.