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Alpharetta teen named Davidson Fellow
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Alpharetta teen named Davidson Fellow

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- One talented Alpharetta teen was recently recognized for his bright future in science.

Raja Selvakumar is one of only 18 students nationwide to be named a 2011 Davidson Fellow. The 16-year-old high school student will receive a $10,000 scholarship to further his research.

"Davidson Fellows, who are on the cutting edge of science, mathematics and technology, and at the forefront of music and literature, demonstrate the potential of America's next generation of innovative leaders," said Dr. Jan Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute, which awards the scholarship money. "We applaud the tenacity of these gifted youth who embrace the challenge to succeed."

Selvakumar was honored for developing the Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell (GMFC), a cell that generates electricity. He plans to use his scholarship to find a way to "solve the battery problem," as current lithium-ion batteries cannot sustain power for as long as his creation, according to a statement from the Davidson Institute.

The future scientist received his award in Washington, D.C., where he was also honored by Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss.

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