Finalists, Mentors and Judges

The 2023 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalists and State Merit Winners have been announced!

Today’s Innovators

Get to know the diverse personalities of students, 3M Mentors, and others who have contributed their unique talents to the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Use the tabs below to explore exciting ideas and inspirations from previous years’ challenges.

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2022 Improving Lives Winner

Harini Venkatesh

The Comptometrist: An Efficient Way to Determine Myopic Power

Harini developed The Comptometrist, a prototype designed to cut down the time needed to determine myopic power in a patient’s eyes.

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2021 Improving Lives Winner

Samarth Mahapatra

Accessibility Friendly Guidance System for Optimal Cooking Operations Based on Machine Learning

Meet Samarth. Samarth deployed edge computing and advance vision algorithms to help people with vision impairments cook with ease.

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2020 Improving Lives Winner

Anika Chebrolu

Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic: In-Silico Molecular Docking Study of Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus to develop Novel Antiviral drug

Anika used in-silico methodology for drug discovery to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2019 Improving Lives Winner

Reshma Kosaraju

Forest Fire Prevention

Meet Reshma. Reshma created a predictive model using machine learning and neural networks to predict and prevent the instances of forest fires.

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