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Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali is just 12 years and she was just recently named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with a device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques.

She is a Davidson Young Scholar since 2012, and has received several scholarships and awards forachievements in science, arts and community service. She has been in STEM scouts for the last 3 years and is a STEM promoter. She has been involved in promoting STEM based activities in her schools, clubs and her community.

Gitanjali has won awards for her writing in national and international contests. She published her first book at age of 9, called, “­Baby Brother Wonders.” The self-illustrated book, based on the story that won 2nd prize in the PBS national writing contest, described the world through her younger brother’s point of view. Gitanjali has also won first place in the International Aviation Art Contest for last three years in the state of TN. She is a “Times for Kids” Kid reporter for the current school year and writes articles for the magazine. Apart from writing and art, Gitanjali is part of a 4-H club and has participated and won in several public speaking and demonstration competitions.

For the last 5 years, Gitanjali has been an active volunteer for an organization called Children’s Kindness Network that spreads an anti-bullying message, and promotes the importance of kindness in all of us. She conducts workshops in elementary schools and hopes to educate children about kindness when they are still young.

Gitanjali also loves to travel. She enjoys visiting countries and learning about their traditions and cultures. Some of her favorite countries to visit are, Japan, Egypt, Spain, and Greece.

When she grows up, Gitanjali aspires to study genetics and epidemiology in MIT. Gitanjali hopes to keep writing, discovering, and sharing her knowledge in the future.

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