Daniel Wang, a junior at , has been named a finalist in the 2012 Google Science Fair.
The fair drew thousands of applicants from more than 10 countries, and Wang was one of only 90 who were chosen as finalists.
"I was really excited, and surprised, to find out that I was a regional finalist," Wang said. "To be honest, I wasn't really expecting it, since I knew so many people from around the world had applied."
Wang's project, titled "Improving Computational Simulations of Biomolecules via Radius of Gyration Restraints," focuses on improving computer-based simulations of proteins. He conducted his research work over the summer at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Simmerling and will be continuing his work this summer as a Simons Fellow in the Simons Summer Research Program.
"I was first introduced to science research in seventh grade and, since then, I have been captivated by the sense of discovery that it brings," Wang added. "I love it because I know that I am directly contributing to the world and that there is always something new to be discovered.
As a Top 90 regional finalist, Google will be sending Wang a framed certificate and a Google Chromebook. He is also now eligible to be considered for the Top 15 Finalists. If selected, he will get to travel to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA to compete in a live presentation. There, prizes worth $50,000 will be awarded.
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