At just 17 years old, Shree Bose was already making a name for herself. She beat more than 10,000 competitors to win the 2011 Grand Prize at the first-ever Google Global Science Fair.
Her winning study in ovarian cancer research allowed her to discover how these cancer cells become resistant to a specific chemotherapy drug called cisplatin. It eventually opened new areas of study in the field.
As the Grand Prize Winner, Shree Bose received a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to the Oval Office where she met with then-President Barack Obama.
During her visit, she presented her work to the President and the Directors of the National Institute of Health. She met President Obama again, who recognized her when she participated in the White House Science Fair.
Shree Bose has always been passionate about science. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she explained how her brother would come home from school and teach her everything he had learned that day.
Her initial interest was in biology, but a personal tragedy steered her toward cancer research. The summer before her sophomore year in high school, she started a project on breast cancer while working in the school lab.
Her first cancer research project was about breast cancer. She entered it into a science fair but lost. Around a year after, she joined Google’s science fair, this time focusing on ovarian cancer.
Besides being a scientist, Shree Bose is a public speaker. She began speaking as an advocate for STEM education, inspiring young children to follow their dreams into advanced career choices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
She is also a co-founder of Piper, a company that produces educational toys for children. She wants to teach kids the basics of technology by providing them with an electronics toolkit. This project came about after she realized the tools used in cancer research had not come very far in the last 50 years.
Shree Bose currently juggles her work and school. She remains an active student at the Duke University School of Medicine where she is working toward both an MD and a Ph.D. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University but continues working in the lab there, advancing her research.
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