IMO News Service
Ahmad Ismail, a Muslim teenager from Santa Clara, California, has won national recognition for his medical research, a report published in The Silicon Valley Voice recently said.
Ismail was selected as one of 30 middle school students nationwide to compete in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS Competition in Washington, DC.
Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News, said, “Science competitions like the Broadcom MASTERS are critical to the STEM talent pipeline. I applaud all the impressive young people who have been named finalists.”
Candidiasis is caused by a type of yeast. Ismail tested combinations of antifungal agents and studied the effect of the treatment on the cellular structure of baker’s yeast as part of his research.
He is hoping to synthesize new antifungal agents to further combat yeast infections and yeast infection-related deaths.
Ismail will be participating in the premier middle school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition held in the United States.
Ismail wishes to pursue a career in medicine and wants to become a doctor.
As a finalist, Ismail received a $500 cash award and an all-expense paid trip for himself and a chaperone to Washington, DC, in October, where he competed for $100,000 in prizes.
“I met others who shared a talent and passion in science. It really motivated me to continue my research and probe for real-world problems,” Ismail was quoted as saying by the local Silicon Valley newspaper.
Ismail’s father Maidul Islam is quite pleased with his son’s achievement and informed that he will accompany his son to Washington D.C. “We’re very pleased to have Ahmad selected as one of 30 finalists nationwide. We’re very happy as parents,” said Islam.