By Shree Bose, 17-year-old winner of the Google Science Fair
I have been competing in science fairs since I was in second grade. I can’t even remember a time when I wasn’t interested in science, so when I heard about the Google Science Fair, which opened last year, I had to see what it was all about. At that point, as a high school junior, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future — whether or not I wanted to pursue research in college, or even if the research I was capable of would make an impact on the world. The Google Science Fair helped me answer those questions, and more. It was completely different from the science fair formats I was so familiar with, and turned out to be an experience that would change my life, and, hopefully, because of the visibility it gave my research, the lives of others as well.
My science fair project researched drug resistance and ovarian cancer. It was a topic I felt passionate about, and I found that I was able to work on it for hours on end and actually enjoy it. When it came time to submit my project, I was slightly terrified because I’d never made a website before, and the Google Science Fair accepts all submissions and conducts its preliminary judging entirely online via participant websites. Nonetheless, I sat down with Google Sites, put my entire project online (surprisingly, this was easier than I expected), and sent off the link to the Google Science Fair. After I hit “submit,” I realized I could build a website, and — even cooler — so could anybody else, anywhere in the world. Because submissions were accepted online, anyone in the world could participate, and when I went to the finalist event I found myself meeting kids from all across the globe.