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Veda Murthy
Hello fellow scientists! This is Veda Murthy, writing from Fairfax VA.
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Viraj Pandey
Problem-solving with my mentor   One of the problems I faced in my project was that I was having trouble proving that the light frequency in the test results was at a particular frequency and this was a bottleneck because I had no idea how to prove it. I thought about it a lot, I googled it, I asked around but I could not find any solution to it.  
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Viraj Pandey
How I got to hear about quantum dots and their properties is that one day my older sister and I were generally chatting and then she began to tell me about Graphene Quantum Dots (GQDs) and how they are currently being used in bioimaging applications. Since GQDs are biocompatible, non-toxic, water-soluble, and photoluminescent, they are being injected into the human body for tracing cancerous cells and tumors.
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Veda Murthy
Hello fellow scientists! This is Veda Murthy, writing to you from Fairfax, VA.  
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Viraj Pandey
This entire exercise began last year in the summer when due to the COVID 19 situation, we all were sitting confined inside our homes, my family and I decided to get a pet. My mother is very scared of dogs and allergic to cats, so after a lot of research we decided to get a bird, as they are extremely intelligent animals. When I started looking into which bird I could potentially have as a pet, I came about African Gray parrots, which are one of the most intelligent bird species out there. They can speak a vocabulary of around 1500 words!
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Abhinav Anne
Hi everyone, hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I’m Abhinav Anne from Plainfield, Illinois.   I’m happy and honored to have been chosen as a finalist in this year’s Challenge. I’m thankful to 3M and Discovery Education for giving me an opportunity to work with 3M mentor scientist, Ms. Tesha Alston Dampier.  
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Moitri Santra
Hi there, fellow STEMists!     My name is Moitri Santra and I am an incoming 8th grade student at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo, Florida. I am so excited to be a top 10 finalist for the 2021 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and I cannot wait to share my summer mentorship journey with you!   
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Snigtha Mohanraj
Hey, fellow scientists! I’m really excited to continue working on the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The past few weeks have been really exciting for me. This process has been really interesting, especially since science is one of my main passions.