“What!? Girls aren’t supposed to be good at science!” is what someone old and dumb would likely say regarding the above headline. Yesterday, the top 15 finalists in Google’s first ever Science Fair put their projects to the test in front of 1,000 attendees and a panel of judges. Taking first place across three age categories were three extremely bright young American women: Lauren Hodge, Naomi Shah and Shree Bose (pictured above).
The event was sponsored by CERN (the organization who made that giant hadron collider thing), Lego and National Geographic. They reportedly saw “over 7,500 entries from more than 10,000 young scientists in over 90 countries around the world.”
Lauren Hodge won the 13-14 age group by studying “the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.” Naomi Shah was the winner of the 15-16 age group in which she tried to prove “that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications.” Shree Bose, who won the 17-18 age group as well as the Grand Prize overall “discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.”
Bose also took home a $50,000 scholarship from CERN to go along with a coveted internship at the organization. She received a trip to the Galápagos Islands sponsored by National Geographic Explorer as well. Shah and Hodge, on the other hand, were the recipients of $25,000 scholarships and slightly less prestigious internships at some company called “Google.” Ho-hum.
Liz Dwyer at GOOD already beat me to the punch with a hat tip to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” (which is a great song!); if an international contest to find the future’s best and brightest is any indication, they certainly will.
[via Official Google Blog]