A math project has earned a home-schooled Palo Alto teen a spot among 40 finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, where the top prize is $100,000.
Sahana Vasudevan, along with other finalists, will present her project in March in Washington D.C. to a panel of scientific judges.
"I'm home schooled and 'Gnyanam Academy' is the name of my home school," she said in an e-mail today.
Vasudevan's project is titled "Minimizing the Number of Carries in the Set of Coset Representatives of a Normal Subgroup."
This year's Intel contest initially drew 1,700 entries based on projects in biochemistry, materials science, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science, medicine and health.
Earlier this month a dozen local teens were chosen to be among the 300 semifinalists in the contest. The semifinalists included three students from Gunn High School -- Helen Jiang, Laura Tung and George Yu -- as well as students from Castilleja School, Menlo School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Harker School, Lynbrook High School and Saratoga High School.
Besides Vasudevan, just four Bay Area students made it to the finals: Paulomi Bhattacharya of Harker School; Kevin Chen of Mission San Jose High School; Jack Takahashi of Lynbrook High School and Kelly Zhang, an Orinda resident who attends the College Preparatory School in Oakland.