First he got a perfect score on his ACT exam, now he's been named a scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
Stockdale High School senior Rishabh Bose is one of 300 scholars this year.
"Knowing the applicant pool, only the best of the best seniors apply," Bose said. "It's surreal that I was chosen. I'm sure every single student who applied was exceptionally qualified. I'm very honored and humbled."
Each scholar, selected from 1,993 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to their respective school, resulting in $1.2 million in total scholar awards from Regeneron.
Bose's project for the competition is titled Non-Line-of-Sight Image and Depth Recovery Using an Ordinary Digital Camera. It focuses on advancing autonomous vehicle safety and medical imaging. In simple terms, it allows "cameras to see beyond their line of sight," such as looking around corners, he explained.
He had an internship at Boston University this past summer where he worked with scientists and Ph.D. candidates in the electrical and computer engineering field. He was introduced to digital signal processing through his work, which inspired his project.
On Jan. 22, 40 finalists will be chosen to travel to Washington, D.C, in March where they will present their projects to research scientists.