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  • >> Sara Volz: 40 of us were selected for high school students from across the

  • nation for our research.

  • My research is on algae biofuels.

  • I am trying to make algae into a sustainable option

  • to power our fuel economy.

  • Akshay Padmanabha: My project is pretty much predicting, detecting,

  • and treating seizures.

  • Lane Gunderman: My research was on investigating a certain photo,

  • certain protein involved in photosynthetic and root

  • tree transfer.

  • Catherine Wong: So I work in mobile phone based diagnostics.

  • And that is about building low cost medical tools specifically

  • for patients in the developing world.

  • Raja Selvakumar: I took electricity from stomach bacteria,

  • and the essentially what I was trying to do with this was to

  • see how it could be applied in biomedical applications.

  • Jonah Kallenbach: Classifying when certain types of proteins will interact with

  • each other.

  • And it can potentially be used to develop new treatments for

  • diseases including tuberculosis, breast, and ovarian cancer.

  • Kelly Zhang: The goal of the my project is to create a biodegradable

  • Nano-particle that can paint tumors with fluorescent colors

  • so surgeons can see cancer cells during surgery.

  • Kensen Shi: I created a new and more efficient robotics navigation

  • algorithm that can plan safe paths for robots.

  • Vincent O'Leary: I looked at the invasive species of crayfish.

  • It is basically I am just trying to figure out how they

  • invade and use that to stop them.

  • Raja Selvakumar: Find a problem and you think about it,

  • you try to come up with a solution.

  • Sometimes it doesn't work, sometimes it does work.

  • In my case, it did work, so here I am.

  • Kelly Zhang: I realize that, wow, I can actually go to the lab and

  • pursue some, some of the ideas that I had.

  • And that was really a cool realization that science is not

  • just limited to the classroom.

  • But it can be applied in real life.

  • Kensen Shi: Science can be viewed as the propeller of humanity.

  • It has led us from the Stone Age to the current information

  • age and beyond.

  • Sara Volz: Science, I like to think of it as a verb, not a noun.

  • So it is, it is really a process,

  • it is a philosophy of being able to find something new and really

  • exciting in everything that you do.

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