$50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award Won by Indian American Syamantak Payra


The $50, 000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award has been won by the Indian American teenager from Texas Syamantak Payra at the age of 15 years for his work in making a low-cost electronically-aided knee brace device which permits people with declining legs to be able to walk better, along with Kathy Lu (17).

Image of Syamantak Payra

Image of Syamantak Payra

Syamantak Payra winner of $50, 000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award

  • Payra had confirmed his project with two people that were left partially disabled after suffering from polio.
  • His device has permitted them to walk more naturally, and better their mobility.
  • After beating out 1, 700 young scientists from 419 fairs held in 77 countries around the world he had won this award.
  • There were five Indian Americans out of 22 “Best of Category” winners, each of whom received $5, 000 in prize money in this edition of Young Scientist Award and they are:
  1. Rajeev Jha (Hawaii): Won in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category.
  2. Marissa Sumathipala (Virginia): Won in the Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  3. Swetha Revanur (California): Won in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
  4. Tiasha Joardar (Texas): Won in the Energy: Physical category.
  5. Prashant Godishala (Minnesota): Won in the Translational Medical Science.
  • Intel Corporation and the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) gives this Young Scientist Award.
  • And All winners were honored with the awards at the 2016 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ held in Arizona, US.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 18, 2016