Local HS student Eric Chen wins prize at Intel Science Talent Search

SAN DIEGO - A local high school student Tuesday won one of the nation's most prestigious science and math competitions.

Canyon Crest Academy senior Eric Chen, 17, took home $100,000 in prize money for winning the Intel Science Talent Search. He was in Washington, D.C., to accept the award.

According to the Society for Science & the Public, the Carmel Valley teen won the prize based on his ideas in treating the flu.

"His interdisciplinary approach combined computer modeling with structural studies and biological validation, with a focus on drugs that inhibit endonuclease, an enzyme essential for viral propagation. Eric, the co-president of his school's fencing team and a junior Olympics qualifier, hopes his work will lead to a new class of drugs to control flu outbreaks during a pandemic, allowing time for a vaccine to be developed."

Chen previously told 10News that if he won, he would use the prize money to pay his college tuition.

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