Cy Woods student wins at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

April 11, 2019

Cypress Woods High School junior Govind Chada earned a first-place award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. His project, which showcases research on novel methods for early detection of lung cancer using machine learning, earned him a scholarship to attend the prestigious Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy summer camp.
Cypress Woods High School junior Govind Chada earned a first-place award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. His project, which showcases research on novel methods for early detection of lung cancer using machine learning, earned him a scholarship to attend the prestigious Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy summer camp.

April 11, 2019—Cypress Woods High School junior Govind Chada earned a first-place award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics category, which follows a first place at the district level and second at the regional level for a project showcasing his research on novel methods for early detection of lung cancer using machine learning.

More than 1,200 students across the state participated in the fair, which was held March 29-30 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The judging was done by experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Chada’s project, titled “Using 3D Convolutional Neural Networks for Classification of Lung Nodules and Early Detection of Lung Cancer,” comes from research that led to him developing a machine learning model that detects lung nodules with state-of-the-art accuracy.

In addition, Chada applied a novel visualization technique that allows radiologists to see how the algorithm is making its decisions, thereby increasing their trust in the model.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my teachers and administration for the encouragement and support I received in pursuit of my extracurricular activities,” Chada said. “I have been very fortunate to have great teachers who spend countless hours after school and weekends creating strong STEM and leadership programs and inspiring us to be the best we can.”

As a winner, Chada was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy summer camp, to be held in July at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The weeklong STEM academy helps students explore practical applications and provide exposure to career options.

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