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South Forsyth student gets national science scholarship
Karanum only one in state to earn accolade
Pictured: Arjun Karanum, a senior at South Forsyth High School, and Melissa Smith, science department chair at South Forsyth High School. - photo by For the FCN

A senior at South Forsyth High School has been awarded a national science scholarship for his research on radon gas. 

According to a South Forsyth High School Press release, Arjun Karanum has been recognized as a 2018 Regeneron Science Search Scholar and has received a $2,000 college scholarship. 

Karanum was the only student in Georgia to be awarded this distinction in 2018 and is one of only 300 students nationwide to be recognized for the Regeneron Science Talent Search. If selected, Karanum will be one of 40 student finalists to visit Washington D.C., to display his research for judging and the chance at the top award of $250,000. 

The release stated that Karanum was recognized for a research project that he has been committed to since the 10th grade involving “using oil compounds and machine learning algorithms to develop an effective and affordable solution to mitigate radon gas.”

It stated that he took the project on after a relative was, “diagnosed with lung cancer due to radon poisoning when he was in the ninth grade, consequently motivating him to develop ways to provide an accessible and affordable option for people to prevent radon poisoning in their homes.” 

Karanum was accepted to Princeton University earlier in the year and is waiting to make his final decision. He said that regardless of where he goes, he plans to major in computer science with a minor or double major in neuroscience. 

South Forsyth High School will also receive $2,000 from the Society for Science & the Public, which operates the Regeneron Science Talent Search.