I raised the scalpel out in front of me, attempting to accurately measure where I was going to make the incision. Out of all of the kids in the grade, I was the only one who chose to go further and dissect the brain. I cut slowly along the top, and the sides, until the right and left hemispheres revealed themselves. After labeling each lobe, I presented my work to my teacher. Upon close examination, my teacher looked up at me, paused, and told me it was the best brain dissection she had seen in five years.
This was in eighth grade, and I am now a Junior in high school. Once I entered high school my curiosity began to shift towards women's rights and political advocacy. While working for a women's rights organization and meeting with state legislators, I began to reminisce about my past fixation on neuroscience. I started to learn more about the way's sexism and science intertwined, leaving many women out of the conversation. Although, I wanted to highlight the inequity in neuroscience, I wasn't sure if I could focus on my scientific and equal rights goals without neglecting one. Eventually, I realized that I didn't have to choose between a STEM career and being an unapologetic feminist. I ultimately chose to combine the two.
Nipun Gorantla is a 15 year old high school student who has long been interested in the field of Neuroscience. It was when he pursued this goal to the next level in a laboratory and research driven environment that he realized that, despite the fascinations of Neuroscience, the stark social barriers that have divided our globe on the basis of race, gender, and age have prevented future doctors, scientists, and engineers from pursuing their dreams and interests and fulfilling their potential. Through this newly gained perspective on the scientific atmosphere that surrounds our world, Nipun's efforts have been outlined with a motive to not just dig deeper into STEM and Neuroscience, but to break down these illogical barriers that wall in pure genius and progression, and to encapsulate what scientific development for society truly means: equality.
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Srin Lahiri is a Dallas-based visual artist fascinated with the intersections of art and neuroscience. She believes that in today’s diverse world, we must tale active steps uplift and understand each other, regardless of differences.
I am currently a high-schooler, and I enjoys the depths of learning and has a passion for journalism as it can provide various perspectives on the modern world issues that plague society. As I spend my days doing community service in our school's Eco-Club and Gender Equality Club, nights are moments when I study movies, films, and engage in simple joys like playing the piano or providing children in homeless shelters more STEM opportunities. For me, I enjoy sharing the stories of others, spending time with seniors to understand the histories, corruption that plagued society, and recognize the ways we have changed, molded ourselves in different people. I have been a person passionate about creating conversations, connections, and learning about the tales and stories we can gain from simple interactions themselves.