Last month, a news flashed – “3 Indian students, among the Top 15 global science challenge finalists”
From more than 12,000 participants across the globe, the international science competition for teenagers- Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2018- had shortlisted Top 15 finalists.
Indians were elated to see three of our students securing their position in the final round. Samay Godika, 16, and Nikhiya Shamsher, 16, from Bengaluru and Kavya Negi, 18, from Delhi were the three Indian students amongst the finalists.
On November 4, country’s pride escalated when the winner of the international science video competition was announced. The Bengaluru teen, Samay Godika, was declared as the winner of the fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
“Participating in and now winning the Breakthrough Junior Challenge is life-changing, thrilling and such an honor… I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be recognised alongside so many of the world’s top scientists and tech industry leaders,” says the champion.
Samay will receive a $250,000 college scholarship. Pramila Menon, the inspiring science teacher who mentored the winning student will also be felicitated with $50,000 prize award. Along with these, his school will get a $100,000 worth state-of-the-art science lab.
The winning video of the Boston native who now lives in India “focused on circadian rhythms, the 24-hour biological processes that can affect simple daily experiences such as waking up for school or jet lag. Because he has family members who suffer from Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases, Samay is particularly interested in the correlation between circadian rhythms and the effectiveness of medical treatments,” states the official press release.