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Senior Honored As Davidson Fellow

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship rewards students who have completed a significant piece of research projects on categories such as math, science, literature, music, technology, and philosophy. Florida student Nathan Georgette will receive $10,000 for his work, and will also be recognized at a special awards reception sponsored in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress in September.

Nathan Georgette, a senior at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, won in the Science category. In his project, “Novel Herd Immunity Threshold Analysis Incorporating Population Dynamics and Gradual Immunization,” Nathan developed a novel mathematical model intended to reduce the costs of stopping viral disease outbreaks in impoverished nations. He used mathematical modeling to generate a formula with which the minimum number of vaccines needed to stop a measles outbreak can be calculated in real time during the outbreak. His research represents a new approach to understanding the dynamic effects of infectious disease spread and gradual immunization.