Dubai, Sep 26(IENews) Indian-origin student Advaith Sai Maddipatla, a student at the GEMS Modern Academy, was one of the winners of the AED 250,000 Sheikh Saud Summer Scientific Prize from the Ras Al Khaimah government.
He was one of the top three students who earned top scores in Calculus and Physics.
Instead of splurging the reward money on video games or branded clothes, the 16-year-old will fund his higher education.
Maddipatla said the prize money will not only take the burden off from his parents, but, will also allow him to be able to go to a university of his “dreams”, Khaleej Times reported.
The summer programme took place at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), which is a GEMS UniConnect partner and invited 20 students to participate.
He was one of the top three students who earned top scores in Calculus and Physics during the programme, earning him Dh250,000.
“I was really happy after getting that award because it will cover two years of tuition fees at my university. I can now share the responsibility with my family,” Maddipatla told Khaleej Times, who hopes to attend Carnegie Mellon University because of their specialised artificial intelligence department.
“It was all up to my family before to pay for my studies, but now I can help them. For the third and fourth year of my university, I can get an internship to cover the remaining tuition fees. It will reduce the burden on my family.”
During the programme, Maddipatla and the other students got the opportunity to work under professors from well-known universities in the US.
He worked under a professor from the University of California, Los Angles, (UCLA) on a project that would help detect brain lesions in the brain and reduce human errors.