Texas Teen Wins $25,000 for Developing Potential COVID-19 Treatment
Texas teenager gets national recognition for her work on potential COVID-19 treatment … and she’s already paid.
Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old recruit at Independence High School in Frisco, is hailed as the best young scientist in the country … and she made $ 25,000 for her potential coronavirus breakthrough.
Anika won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her hard work in identifying a potential drug to treat COVID-19. The brilliant student says she developed – when she was in 8th grade – a molecule that binds to a protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus and essentially stops the virus from working. A brilliant discovery for an adult, let alone a child.
This part will blow your mind, unless you’re a scientist – Anika says she started with a database of over 682 million compounds and used a few computer programs to figure out how and where the molecule would bind to the virus.
We will take his word for it.
Anika was still in college when she entered the competition and was initially planning her science project around finding ways to fight the seasonal flu. But, like many professional scientists, she pivoted when the pandemic struck.
She says she was inspired by stories about people with COVID-19 … and also thanks her grandfather, a chemistry teacher, for directing her to science.
Our sincere thanks to