TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An Oro Valley student was one of three selected out of seven million applicants to go to the Nobel Prize Awards.
Jeremiah Pate is a senior at BASIS Oro Valley High. He won the top award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 19th.
He won the grand prize with a trip to the Nobel Prize Awards in Sweden.
"I am very happy to be traveling to Sweden and to be among the best and the brightest in the entire world," Pate said.
Pate won the top honor for his project curing Parkinson's disease using the body's own cellular defenses.
"I was inspired to do Parkinson's when I had a family friend who is diagnosed when he was 45-years-old," he said.
Pate has been a member of SARSEF (Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation) since he was a 1st grader and says this helped him with his research.
Pate will be a freshman at the University of Arizona this fall majoring in biomedical engineering.
He says his future goal is to one day create a cure for Parkinson's disease.