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.
I'm Darshini, a high school senior with a deep interest in neuroscience and psychology. When I was four years old, I got incredibly sick - I have a vivid memory of me huddled in our bathtub, wearing a red sweater, while my dad was speaking frantically on the phone.
That event never happened.
The surprising unreliability of memory, neurodiversity, the inner workings of our senses -
these fascinating topics, as well as the various neurological illnesses that exist - draw me to neuroscience. A subject like neuroscience that affects every part of our lives needs diverse, passionate people involved in it, and the inequity in neuroscience hurts all of us. A breakthrough in the inequity in the scientific field and in neuroscience is a breakthrough for everyone, and I believe that success is something we all should work towards.
Hi, my name is Saachi I am a high school junior from Jacksonville, Florida!
I love delving deep into the world of biochemistry, as I aspire to become either
a neurosurgeon or a space DNA scientist one day! I love to engage in community service activities in my
free time and am ambitious about advocating for gender diversity in STEM.