Maggie Walker Governor’s School Student Wins First Place for Research at the 2011 International Space Olympics

Saumil Bandyopadhyay (2013) won first place in the research competition at the International Space Olympics held in Korolev, Russia. His project, “Eye in Space: Dual Detection of Infrared and Ultraviolet Emissions with a Novel Nanowire Multispectral Photo-detector,” will be published in a science journal.

During the 10-day competition, Bandyopadhyay and over 200 other competitors from eight different countries presented their projects in front of leading Russian scientists. Competitors also took physics, math, and writing tests, and Bandyopadhyay came in eighth place overall in the competition.

“[It] was a great experience, and I was honored to have to opportunity to be in the competition,” said Bandyopadhav.


Bandyopadhav was in Russia from October 18 to October 30. In addition to the competition, he had the chance to meet Russian cosmonauts and space industry specialists, visit Mission Control Center and several space museums, and visit Korolev schools to meet local students and learn about their culture and lifestyle.

For more information about the 2011 International Space Olympics competition, click here.

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(This news release was prepared with the assistance of MLWGS journalism student Natalie Pita ‘13.)