The Vista del Lago High School senior was named the state's Outstanding Young Scientist by the California Association of Professional Scientists at a luncheon at the Sacramento Zoo on Friday.
Buch was selected for his project titled "Beyond the Nanostructure in Solar Cells,'' which studied new ways to make improved solar cells by analyzing their inner mechanisms, according to a press release from CAPS.
The project had already won Buch top honors at the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair and at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair earlier this year.
CAPS will award Buch $1,000 and runners-up Anjini Karthik, a freshman at Saint Francis High in Sunnyvale, and Aradhana Sinha, a senior at Salinas High School, each $500. A panel of experts selected the three finalists from thousands of students competing in 14 Science and Engineering fairs throughout the state, said the release.
The Bee has chronicled Shyamal's science fair wins since he was age 12. We hope to hear even bigger and better things in the future from this young scientist.
PHOTO: In 2007, Shyamal Buch, then a Folsom Middle School student, was a semi-finalist in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. Photo courtesy of the Buch family.