Monday, June 13, 2011

Odia girl selected for fellowship in US

Odia girl selected for fellowship in US

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Odia girl selected for fellowship in US
June 13, 2011 1:20:30 PM

PNS | Balangir

Odia girl Sonali Mohapatra, a third year student of Integrated MS at IISER-Kolkata, has been awarded the SURF Fellowship at California Institute of Technology for a 10-week project on ‘Detection of Gravitational Waves’ under LIGO, Caltech. Sonali is one of the lucky of five Indians who has been selected at Caltech this summer.

An avid debater, a voracious reader and a passionate musician and composer, Sonali has various accolades to her credit. Earlier, she has been recognised as one of the 26 talented children of the State in the 2005 publication titled ‘HOPE’ by the State Government and has been dubbed ‘the little madam curie.’

Her interest in research was evident from her childhood when her project was selected as one of the best 48 in the nation in Natuional Children’s Science Congress 2004 and she got a chance to interact with the then President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, says her father Promod Mahapatra, who is currently posted as RMC secretary at Balangir.

Sonali was awarded the Best National Speaker at Pratijja 2007, Best Social Worker 2006 by Peacock, 2nd Best Parliamentarian in Youth Parliament and best student of the BJEM School in 2008.

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