H.S. RA semi-finalist in Intel Talent Search

Congratulations to Montgomery Blair student Harini Salgado, now a semi-finalist in the Intel Talent Search for her "Using Kullback-Leibler Divergence to Study the Effects of Vocal Tract Length Normalization on Dialect Differences in Vowel Speech Samples." The paper grew out of work Harini did at UMD last summer with Caitlin Richter and Naomi Feldman. Each year the Talent Search chooses only 300 students as semifinalists. From this select pool, 40 are then invited to Washington, DC in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for three top awards of $150,000 each.