When Shivani Sud was 6, a relative developed a brain tumor. The cancer turned out to be benign, but the experience piqued the girl’s interest in cancer research. And on Tuesday night, Shivani, now 17, a high school senior in Durham, N.C., took home top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Intel Science Talent Search for her project on colon cancer.
“I was wobbly, waiting for them to announce the top 10,” said Shivani, who attends Charles E. Jordan High School, and whose project identified patients at high risk for tumor recurrence and proposed potential drugs for treatment. “I was sitting on the tip of my chair.”