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Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge win Google’s inaugural Science Fair

Two Indian-origin girls have emerged winners at Google’s
inaugural Science Fair. Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge were the top three
winners out of 15 finalists. Naomi Shah won the 15-16 age group competition
with a project that endeavoured to prove that making changes to indoor
environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on
asthma medications. Shree Bose emerged victorious in the 17-18 age group discovering
a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up

Two Indian-origin girls have emerged winners at Google’s
inaugural Science Fair. Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge were the top three
winners out of 15 finalists. Naomi Shah won the 15-16 age group competition
with a project that endeavoured to prove that making changes to indoor
environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on
asthma medications. Shree Bose emerged victorious in the 17-18 age group discovering
a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up
a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs. Lauren Hodge won the 13-14 age
group with a study on the effect of different marinades on the level of
potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.

Bose was also named the ‘Grand Prize’ winner, taking home a
50,000 dollar scholarship and an internship opportunity at the prestigious
Geneva-based CERN institute. Bose impressed judges, more than 1,000 local
attendees as well as Googlers with her project. Apart from the scholarship,
Bose also won a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic
Explorer. Terming Bose’s work as “groundbreaking discovery which could
have wider implications for cancer research,” Google said she came up with
complex solutions that can be addressed in labs by doctors and researchers. Shah and Hodge each received 25,000 dollar scholarships and
internships at Google and toy company LEGO. All three were awarded lifetime
digital subscriptions to science magazine Scientific American.

“The unifying elements of all three young
women were their intellectual curiosity, their tenaciousness and their ambition
to use science to find solutions to big problems,” Cristin Frodella from
Google’s Education Team said in a blog post

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