Three students from across the United States claimed top prizes at the first annual Google Science Fair, a prestigious, global science research competition co-sponsored by LEGO. And all three students happen to be female. The grand prize of $50,000 was awarded to Shree Bose, a high school junior who sought to improve the treatment for ovarian cancer patients resistant to cancer drugs. Naiomi Shah won the 15-16 age group with research that focused on improving the indoor air quality for asthmatics. And Lauren Hodge won the 13-14 age group by testing various marinades’ impact on a carcinogen found in grilled chicken.
If you’re passionate about science, conducting science research is an excellent way to stand out in the college admissions process. You want to show to college admissions counselors evaluating your application that you go beyond getting A’s in chemistry and physics. You love science so much that you spend your summers conducting research in labs. You eat, sleep, and breathe science. Competitions like the Google Science Fair or the Intel Science Talent Search are terrific science research contests to enter to also raise your science research profile in the college admissions process.