Local high school student earns $100K research award

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A Carmel Valley teen has won the top award of $100,000
from the Intel Foundation for his research of potential new drugs to treat

Eric S. Chen's research focused on drugs that inhibit an enzyme
essential for viral propagation so that scientists will have more time to
develop a vaccine during a flu pandemic, according to a statement from
officials for the Intel Science Talent Search 2014, a program of Society for
Science & the Public.

The 17-year-old attends Canyon Crest Academy, where he is co-president
of his school's fencing team.

Chen and other finalists from across the United States traveled to
Washington, D.C., this week to take home awards totaling $630,000. Chen said
prior to his win that if he won the $100,000 prize, he would use it to pay for

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation's oldest high school
science and math competition. It recognizes 40 high school seniors who are
poised to create new technologies and solutions that will have a positive
impact on people's lives.

This year's finalists join the ranks of other notable Science Talent
Search alumni, who in the past 73 years have gone on to win eight Nobel Prizes,
two Fields Medals and five National Medals of Science.

“Society for Science & the Public proudly joins Intel in congratulating
Eric Chen for his impressive research toward potential new drugs for
influenza,” said Rick Bates, interim CEO and chief advancement officer of SSP.
“By linking technology and science to the problems of the world they see
around them, Eric and all the Intel Science Talent Search finalists are
tomorrow's problem solvers.”

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