As a regional finalist in the Siemens Foundation National STEM Competitiona, Sagar returned to Unionville last week after presenting his project to the judges at the California Institute of Technology.
SIEMENS FOUNDATAION STEM COMPETITION
SCHOOL: Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA
HOMETOWN: Chadds Ford, PA
PROJECT: SiteKey: A Novel Binding Site Predictor for Ordered Proteins Interacting with Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
FIELD: Computer Science
MENTOR: Dr. Gil Alterovitz, Harvard Medical School
“What I admire most about STEM is its ability to solve the major problems that face our society today.”
Sagar Maheshwari developed a computational algorithm that enhances our understanding of intrinsically disordered proteins. These proteins have been linked to a number of diseases – including cancer and diabetes – and Sagar hopes his research will provide new approaches for treating them.
Sagar, a national merit semifinalist and national AP scholar, has been conducting scientific research since 6th grade. What first started as a simple extra credit assignment for the school science fair has evolved into a passion for solving real-world problems. Sagar is particularly interested in the field of bioinformatics, where he hopes to apply his background in computer science and math to better our understanding of biological data.
Outside of school, Sagar is the founder of Mentoring Youth in Science and Technology (MYST), an organization that pairs aspiring student researchers with seasoned mentors that can guide them through the research process. He is also the co-captain of his school’s Academic Team, president of his school’s Math Club, a varsity tennis player, and a tenor saxophone player in his school’s Symphonic Band.
Over the summer, Sagar spent two weeks in Ethiopia teaching math and science to children affected by HIV/AIDS. He won first place in the 2014 and 2015 Delaware Valley Science Fairs for Medicine & Health and Computer Science, respectively. His role model is Bill Gates and he is a fan of the Harry Potter series