Jerath was also one of the five students selected for the Intel and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Visit to India Award. They will receive a week long visit to India to showcase their research projects, visit research leading institutions and interact with top scientists. Onkar Singh Gujral, 18, of La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata, won the Association of Computing Machinery first award and the second award in the System software category for his entry on image processing algorithms for detecting nanomaterials.
The other Indian winners came from Delhi, Kozhikode, Mangalore and Panipat.
An Indian-American foundation, gave ten awards at the Fair. Sanjana J Rane, 17, of Louisville, Kentucky, received the first award for work relating to renal fibrosis from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation based in Georgia. Five American students of Indian descent were among those who received the foundations second awards.
About 1,700 students who participated at the IISEF in Pittsburgh were the top performers at 422 affiliated fairs held in 75 countries. At the IISEF their projects went through rigorous evaluations by about 1,000 judges with PhDs or equivalent qualifications from across scientific disciplines. Seventeen students from India were selected for the IISEF from the National Science Fair held by Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science. Maya Ajmera, who is Indian descent and heads the Society for Science and the Public that conducts the IISEF, congratulated the winners and said, "These talented young students are the problem solvers and innovators of their generation." The top prize, the $75,000 Gordon E Moore Award, went to Raymond Wang, 17, of Canada. Scores of Indian American students won awards in various categories, five of them getting the first award in their specialisations, biochemistry, behavioral sciences, environmental engineering, mathematics and energy physics. More than 200 Indian American students were among the finalists at the IISEF, having won regional competitions across the U.S. In addition, students of Indian descent came from South Africa, Malaysia and Singapore.