Alumni Spotlight

Meet the Alumni

Meet the talented challenge finalists who make up the 3M Young Scientist Challenge Alumni Network. Hear Alumni share their challenge stories in their own words, and find out more about the amazing scientific innovations that were explored in previous years’ challenges.

2022 Finalist

Shanza Sami

Since participating in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Shanza has continued to work on her innovation, Pura Aurem. She has begun additional scientific pursuits, and has an interest in journalism.

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2021 Finalist

Viraj Pandey

Now in 10th grade, Viraj is working on a new project aimed at re-inventing farming strategies. Viraj enjoys science, history and 3D modeling, and is in his school’s gardening club.

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2019 Finalist

Faraz Tamboli

Since participating in the 2019 Challenge, Faraz has continued to improve and enhance his entry project, Talk Motion. Faraz is currently in 9th grade and enjoys reading fantasy stories, making his own music and participating in Mock Trial Club.

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2018 Finalist

Anna Du

Anna participated in the 2018 3M Young Scientist Challenge and continues to work on her innovation today. Now in 11th grade, Anna is extremely passionate about the environment and loves reading and astronomy.

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2017 Finalist

Kathryn Lampo

Kathryn is currently a sophomore at Columbia University pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics. She’s also interested in aerospace engineering!

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2016 Finalist

Kaien Yang

Kaien is a sophomore at Standford University majoring in Computer Science with an AI track. He works with robots and machine learning, and plays for Stanford’s club tennis team.

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2011 Winner

Braeden Benedict

Braeden is currently a medical student at Washington University in St. Louis, with an interest in neurosurgery. After participating in the 2011 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Braeden continued working on his innovation and received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

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2009 Finalist

Nicholas LaJoie

Nicholas studied Computer Engineering in college and is currently pursuing a career in technology. He plays the drums and has worked in filmmaking.

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