Three students at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics who recently won awards in a major science and technology competition were saluted on Monday by Governor Mike Easley.
Yueqi “Lucie” Guo and Xianlin Li were group grand prize winners, winning $50,000 scholarships in the Siemes-Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. They were honored for their discovery of a tumor suppressor gene which can be used for detection of breast cancer.

Bhaskar Mookerji took home a $20,000 scholarship for research into zinc compounds and discovery of a potential model for an enzyme used in DNA nucleic acid production.

The three are seniors at the School of Science and Math. Each received a distinguished student award from Easley.

“These students have made remarkable contributions to the fields of science and genetics at such a young age,” Easley said. “They are among the best and the brightest high school students in the country and North Carolina is proud of their achievements.”

Guo is from Chapel Hill, Li, from Cary. Mookerji is a Charlotte resident.

The three were recognized last month in Washington, DC by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

CAPTION: Left to right, Xianlin Li, Governor Easley, Bhaskar Mookerji, Lucie Guo

Photo courtesy of NC Governor’s Office