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When it comes to decisions making, what strategies do you employ? Do you go with intuitive decision-making, rational decision-making, or strategic decision-making? Because there are so many things to consider, it can be a real challenge to select the best option. But don’t worry, we are here to help you. Read on to learn the various practical ways you can make the right choice.
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Making A Decision
When making a decision, you may be thinking about the things your parents, teachers, or friends are encouraging you to do. These may be what you’re fearful of doing or what you simply don’t want to do.
These people in your life may be asking you to re-frame your thoughts and consider the benefits of the opportunities you have. The bottom line is, they are encouraging you to make a decision as a way to help you get to where you want to be. However, be mindful that you make your own decisions that will ultimately effect the success of your life.
Now let’s talk about several practical decision-making styles that will help you make the right choices. You can use these for many situations you are faced with, whether it’s something you want to do or something you are hesitating on. Remember, your time is valuable, so you shouldn’t linger on opportunities that aren’t going to build you up and set you up for success.
Decisions Making: The Seven, Seven, Seven Rule
In decision-making, we have what we call the “Seven, Seven, Seven Rule”. Here, you make a decision based on three indicating factors. You think about how the outcome of your choice will affect you seven minutes from now, seven months from now, and seven years from now.
This may seem like you’re looking too far into the future. But really, you are only being realistic by looking at the big picture. A choice may seem good at the moment, but it can create a lasting impact. So, through this decision-making process, you can gauge if a choice will be good or bad for you in the long run.
Decisions Making: The Three Biases
Whenever you’re about to make a choice, you need to be careful because your own mind can trick you. In science, they are called “Biases”. When you let them influence your decision-making approach, they may not lead you to the best opportunities. Let me share with you how you can avoid becoming tricked by the three kinds of biases.
The Confirmation Bias
When we say “Confirmation Bias,” this means that your mind wants to confirm your existing beliefs. The danger here is that not all information that aligns with your beliefs is actually true or right.
So how do you overcome this? For instance, you are presented with an opportunity that sounds good. Rationalize it by thinking, “Okay, this is a good idea. Now why is this a bad idea?” Make your decision after you answer this question.
The Framing Effect
The Framing Effect happens when you make a decision based on how the information is framed for you. So to avoid becoming tricked by this, you re-frame the information you receive in a different light.
For example, if someone tells you something in a positive way, re-frame it in a negative way. Try to see the other side of the coin. This way, you will know how a certain decision can affect you in both a positive and a negative way.
Go through the re-framing process even for situations even when it’s more appealing to only see one side or the other. Ask yourself, “This is a negative thing, why could this be a positive thing? How could this help me?”
The Hindsight Bias
With the Hindsight Bias, you let prior knowledge affect your present decision-making. In turn, your choice will have an impact on your future. It is good to note that past experiences can make you complacent. And they can lead you to assume that you will end up with the same familiar results, but that’s not what always happens.
To avoid making a mistake brought about by the Hindsight Bias, try to see the big picture. Use this thought process to make a decision: “This has worked out well for me in the past. Why might the future be different than the past? Why might it not work out?”
Whenever you make a choice, take the time to slow down and ask yourself, “How big is this decision? And how much is it truly going to affect me?”
Decisions Making: Ask For Opinion
Another helpful way to make a decision is to ask for trusted opinion. You can approach your parents, teachers, or friends and get their feedback. This can be very helpful as they may bring up something you weren’t considering before. They can also help you make informed choices.
Get their advice by asking these questions: “I’ve been thinking about doing this. Do you think this is a great opportunity? Should I take advantage of this? What’s your advice? I think this is great, but am I not seeing the other side of the coin here?”
Don’t be afraid to consider everything, because your time is valuable. Make sure that you’re putting every moment of your time to good use.
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Decisions making is not a new concept that you need to grasp. Rather, it is something that you do every single moment of your life, whether you know it or not. But to make better decisions, you need to train yourself so that when you’re presented with choices, you’ll be able to choose the best opportunity available to you. Remember, your time is incredibly valuable, so spend it on the things that really matter.
Which decision-making approach have you tried, or you are willing to try? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 8, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists aims to inspire students to pursue their dreams. Through the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, we open students’ eyes to new possibilities. Such was the experience of Congress delegate Hannah Mims. Get to know her better as she shares how the Congress led her to new and exciting opportunities.
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A High Achiever
Hannah Mims attends Chilton County High School in Clanton, Alabama. At the same time, she is part of the University of Montevallo’s Upward Bound program. It mainly caters to students whose parents did not go to college. The program also provides scholarship assistance to its members.
With the Upward Bound program, Hannah has been given an opportunity to experience the college life. So she maximizes this by taking classes at the campus for three days each month. She is even able to go to college during the summer, even while still in high school.
The Big Dreams That Led to Opportunities
To her pleasant surprise, the profile she created opened doors for her. Colleges reached out and invited her to visit their campuses. This also led her to cross paths with the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
Hannah received an invitation to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Out of the thousands of students around the country, she was selected to become a delegate. Hannah could not have predicted it then, but the Congress turned out to be life-changing for her.
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At first, Hannah wasn’t even sure if she would be able to attend the Congress. But her family supported her, and her father drove for almost 20 hours just so she could make it.
At the Congress, she discovered that she shared her co-delegates’ interests. Hannah also got to know the Congress leaders. Universities that offer medical programs had representatives at the event. So, Hannah was able to explore and get information on various medical fields. She also received tips on college applications.
The Congress featured medical speakers, and delegates attended talks on surgery and cancer treatment. Hannah’s personal favorites were the doctors who discussed face transplants and patient resuscitation. But for her, the best part of the Congress was hearing the speakers discuss their accomplishments and how they got there. The different views presented were what engaged her.
Hannah is grateful that she was able to go to the Congress. She enjoyed her time at the event, and loved the experience. As she says, the Congress “turned her life around.”
As one of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders alumni, Hannah was also given a special accolade. She received the Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. With this, the Academy recognized her efforts as one of the Congress participants.
Soaring to Greater Heights
Before attending the Congress, Hannah admitted that she “didn’t even know” if she will be able to attend college. But after her time at the conference, she now has a “better idea” of how she can pursue higher education.
Her experience at the Congress encouraged her to aim for scholarships. She became more driven to get better grades and to be involved in extra-curricular activities.
She is well on her way to achieving her dream of pursuing a career in the medical field. Hannah’s perseverance proves that no goal is too hard when you are determined to reach it.
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The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is an advocate for students through and through. With our programs, we encourage them to put their potentials to good use and seize their goals. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a way for us to reach out to bright students and give them the push they need. Because we know that they will one day lead our country’s medical field and excel.
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One of the most important and beneficial things you can do for yourself is to learn the psychology of persuasion. When you invest in this skill, the payoff is going to be huge. The great thing is, you can work on it in your free time! Mastering persuasion techniques will give you the advantage to turn things in your favor. Read on and discover how you can turn someone into your ally.
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The Principles of Persuasion
When you want something, you have your own ways to persuade people. You may have had experiences in trying to influence your family and friends to agree to what you want.
Believe it or not, you can actually learn this skill. There are techniques that can change everything for you. When you use them, people are more inclined to agree with what you’re asking them to do. How cool is that?
We can break them down into six different principles of persuasion:
- Reciprocity — the obligation to return the favor, service or gift received
- Scarcity — the natural desire to get what you can’t have or what is hard to obtain
- Authority — trust in following thought leaders and authorities
- Consistency — the habits formed that increase the willingness to commit
- Liking — saying yes to people you like
- Consensus — referring to the actions of others to help shape your own decisions
Those six points that we discussed are considered universal principles. You can utilize each of them to increase your influence. Let’s dig a little deeper on these principles of influence.
This principle is also known as the “social obligation.” When somebody does something nice for you, especially if it is unexpected, you feel the need to return the favor.
To reap the benefits of reciprocity, you need to make a little more effort. Be the first one to offer something — it could be a gift or a service. The principle of reciprocity will work better if what you offer is personalized and not expected of you.
Knowing what you stand to lose when you don’t grab an opportunity can haunt you. And that is where this principle comes from.
Naturally, we want to have what we cannot get more of. For instance, the words “limited edition” are likely to attract customers much like the word “sale.” Scarcity places a sense of urgency on people. It pushes them to make a quick decision whether to take or leave what is being offered to them.
So when you apply this principle, make sure that you highlight the losses as much as the benefits.
When others recognize your expertise and your credibility, they are more inclined to agree with you. To use this persuasion technique effectively, your reputation must precede you. In some cases, when your appearance exudes authority, it becomes easier to persuade others.
Your capability will provide the assurance that others need to trust you. Once you have gained their trust, it will be easier to convince them to agree with you.
You can also utilize this principle to capitalize on people’s desire to be consistent. Start planting ideas and asking for small commitments. Let those small commitments turn into a habit. Then you will see that over time, the people you invested on will be more receptive of the deeper commitments you ask from them.
Another way to get people to say yes to you is by having them like you. It’s easy to do a favor for someone whom you are comfortable with.
So take the time to build and cultivate relationships. Give genuine compliments, find common ground, and get to know others. These will make you likable and even widen your network. Then it will be easier for others to say yes to you.
One of the reasons why decision-making is influenced by outside factors is because of the person’s indecisiveness. When a person experiences doubt, an immediate response is to look at what others are doing. Then they will conform to what they observe, or at least pattern their own decisions and actions on what they see from others.
These are the six universal principles that you can use as persuasion techniques. Not only are they practical and ethical, but you can also apply them without spending a single cent!
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If these principles interest you, learn from psychologist Robert Cialdini. He is the world’s foremost expert on persuasion. Dive into Cialdini’s insights on the six principles we’ve discussed. This is where he based his theory of influence. Once you master them, you will find it easier to have others agree with you.
Learning the psychology of persuasion will change your whole life. It is frustrating when you want something and you can’t get it, but when you have the ability to persuade, you can turn things in your favor.
So now, your task is to learn these techniques and practice them. I tell you, taking the time to do so will pay off well. Consider it as an investment for yourself.
With the right techniques, you can influence the decision-making process of others and bring about an attitude change. This video from influenceatwork explains the six principles of persuasion:
Learning the psychology of persuasion can mean the difference when you are finally putting your plans into action. When you apply the principles of persuasion in an ethical manner, you can earn allies. The key is to also seek the best for others and not only for yourself. Starting today, commit to learn and practice these principles. Slowly, you will see the difference they make when you use them to persuade others.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 7, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
At the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, we value research. Research data is essential in creating scientific laws and medical cures. That is why we want to hone students interested in medical and scientific research.
A delegate of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, Jaeda Wagner, is a great example. Read on to get to know her story and why she dreams of making it big in medical research.
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A Young Girl with Big Dreams
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Jaeda Wagner is still in her teens, but she already plans to change the world. And she will do it through her medical research.
For someone so young, Jaeda is already very passionate about her chosen career. This Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School student most definitely has ambitious goals. In fact, she is already taking actions to fulfill them.
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Determined to Pursue Her Goals
Jaeda says that it’s her goal to attend Harvard University after high school. She is interested in pursuing preventative medicine. She also wants to start a community garden in her hometown of Concord, North Carolina.
This driven girl admits that she has always been the kind of person who looks forward to her future plans. She makes sure to do her research, too. In fact, Jaeda also revealed that she has been researching colleges since she was 10 years old.
But what really sparked her interest was the medical field.
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The Congress is an honors-only program. That is why delegates must meet certain criteria to be nominated.
And for Jaeda, the Congress nomination was an awesome opportunity. Of course, true to her nature, she first researched the Congress and the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. After research and consideration, Jaeda and her parents decided that she should attend the event. In fact, Jaeda even raised funds to cover part of the cost, the rest of which was provided via a scholarship from the Academy.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Congress Experience
The Congress is an annual event organized by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Here, students who aim for a career in the medical field come together to learn from experts and each other.
It is the Academy’s purpose to mentor future medical professionals. And that is why we expose Congress delegates to real-world experiences. Esteemed medical and scientific practitioners teach the delegates what they need to know and motivational speakers give them the boost of confidence they need to pursue their goals.
At the Congress, Jaeda heard from speakers who covered an array of medical topics. She described her Congress experience as “amazing and inspiring.”
A talk that stood out to her was the one delivered by Sean Stephenson, a motivational speaker born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that causes bones to break easily, among other complications. Sean inspired Jaeda by the way he decided to turn his burden into a blessing.
All in all, her Congress experience has helped Jaeda gain more knowledge on the career she aims to pursue.
Life After The Congress
For Jaeda, learning never ends. After the Congress, she reviewed the lessons from the lectures to absorb them further. Doing this has made her even more excited for what the future holds for her.
Aside from medical research, Jaeda is also interested in environmental issues and nutrition. She wants to do something that caters to all her interests, which is why she decided to pursue preventative medicine. Here, she can combine both medicine and nutrition in one field.
Jaeda has discovered that a plant-based diet can prevent or reverse common illnesses. She has come to understand the meaning behind the saying, “You are what you eat.” And this is exactly what she wants to do more research on in a lab setting.
Because of her passion for her interests, Jaeda also had an idea to start a community garden. That way, community members will have access to healthier and more affordable food options.
For Jaeda, this idea will promote both community spirit and a healthier lifestyle.
Taking The Advanced Academic Certification
Jaeda wants to take things one step further by earning an Advanced Academic Certification in research. It’s an opportunity for Jaeda to hone her skills in research. With the certification, she also plans to enter science fairs.
As Jaeda says, gaining the certification is not only something that she will enjoy doing, but it will also help her stand out to Harvard University’s admissions officers.
Motivation runs deep in each Congress of Future Medical Leaders delegate. Watch this video from FutureDocsNow and let their Congress experiences inspire you:
In any endeavor you strive for, you can only get far if you have helping hands. This is exactly the purpose of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. We mentor future medical and scientific leaders to help them fulfill their dreams. With the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, we inspire bright students to pursue their chosen medical career. And through our shared efforts, we build a great future for the nation’s medical field.
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Great talent abounds at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. From our members to the student Delegates of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, there is no shortage of talent and potential. At the Academy, we recognize students who work hard to pursue their passion in the medical field.
Such was the experience of Hali Reyes. Read on to discover her story.
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A Gifted Student Who Wants to Change The World
Hali Reyes attends Moffat County High School. She is an excellent achiever, both in academics and extra-curricular activities. She is a student council member who aspires to run for the presidency. Hali is also a member of several organizations. She belongs to the Link Crew, Honor Society, DECA, and Future Business Leaders of America.
Aside from these, Hali is also very much into athletics. She’s part of the high school golf and volleyball teams.
As her time in high school comes to an end, Hali knows that she has some serious decision-making to do. Along with contemplating where to go to college, she is also considering her contribution to the world. Hali says that she needs to “figure out” how she is going to “benefit people and change the world.”
But, what is Hali’s idea of changing the world? Well, for this gifted student, having a career in the medical field is the way to go. Her goal is to become a forensic pathologist.
She credits her interest in crime shows for this career choice. And, as Hali says, she has “always been interested” in people who work with the human body.
Hali’s father also has big dreams for his daughter. She shares that her dad “has always thought” she will attend Harvard University.
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Previously, Hali attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was nominated for the Congress by Paula Duzik, a high school counselor.
Hali’s school principal, Kyle York, expressed that her award nomination was “amazing.” He also believes that it’s important for students to know the value of hard work. He knows that this is what will make people notice them, regardless of where they come from.
The Congress Experience
Hali gained a lot from her time at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Congress. The messages she heard from noted medical and scientific professionals inspired her.
But what left the deepest impression on Hali were two remarkable talks. One was from a woman who was the recipient of the first full-face transplant and her doctor, while the other was from a teen who contributed to the detection of colon cancer.
Before attending the Congress, Hali was concerned over the expense. But in the end, her whole family accompanied her to Boston and her father joined her at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Congress.
Hali’s friend Annette Dunkley also went with her to Boston. She understands the expense of making the trip. But she also knows that it’s more important to be certain of what you want to do in life. Annette believes that the Congress has helped pave the way for the path Hali wants to take.
Both the Academy and the Congress aim to renew each Delegate’s sense of purpose for their career goal. Our desire is to equip these students to be capable of pursuing their passion in the medical field. And we are here to encourage them so that they will gain confidence in their chosen field.
A Future of Possibilities
After her Congress experience, Hali has realized that anyone can achieve amazing things. A future full of possibilities is not only for those who come from high-income families or big cities. Those who work hard and persevere succeed, no matter what their background may be.
The talks that Hali heard at the Congress has made her appreciate more those who do great things. Hali knows there are many good opportunities waiting for her. And with her work, she can make a positive impact and change the world.
Indeed, anyone can do great things. This video from FutureDocsNow will inspire you. Here, a Congress Speaker shares her own journey from being a delegate to becoming a mentor:
If you aspire to pursue a career in the scientific and medical fields, don’t let anything stop you. We at the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists are your advocates. We aim to inspire and equip future leaders in these fields to pursue their chosen careers. One way we do that is through the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. So, don’t be afraid to dream big and make it happen!
What are your future goals, and what steps are you taking to make them happen? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
We created the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to support the future of medical science – high school students who aspire to be physicians and medical scientists. We aim to help students get the skills and experiences they need to jump-start their medical career. That is why we organized the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Through this event, students will meet and learn from medical leaders of the 21st century. Now get to know one of our Congress delegates, Lessie Farriss, as she shares her story.
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Young Girl With Big Dreams
Lessie Farriss is one of the Delegates set to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. She is a student at Eugene Ashley High School in North Carolina.
When asked why she wants a career in the medical field, Lessie cites her dad’s influence. As a first responder, her dad’s work sparked her interest from a young age.
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Lessie’s inclination to the medical field stayed with her as she got older. Over time, she learned more about what this career had to offer. And along the way, she discovered the beauty of medical research. Lessie is especially interested in critical care medicine.
As a high school student, Lessie juggles her academics and extra-curricular activity. She is part of their school’s cheerleading squad. Aside from that, she also studies in University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College.
Through her school work, Lessie was able to take medical credits. This allowed her to deepen her understanding of medical research.
The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Congress Nomination
As a result of Lessie’s hard work and passion, she earned a nomination to the Congress. She was nominated by no less than Dr. Mario Capecchi, a Nobel Prize in Medicine recipient. Dr. Capecchi is also the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists’ Science Director.
Lessie admits that before her nomination, she did not go after this opportunity. But once she received her invitation, she “got very excited” and realized the value of the Congress to her.
At the Congress, delegates like Lessie will learn from medical leaders and visionaries. They’ll meet National Medal of Science recipients, Nobel laureates, and medical school deans. They will even gain real-world experiences such as watching a surgery live.
The esteemed Congress speakers will also share the latest medical advancements. And they will inspire the delegates with their vision for the future of medical science.
Lessie will certainly have no shortage of opportunities to fuel her goal to be in medical research.
Lessie’s preparation for her future endeavors is sailing smooth. Several schools have already accepted her applications. But Lessie has narrowed down her three best choices. These are Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and New York University.
She looks forward to delving deeper into medical studies once she goes to college. For Lessie, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders will give her a good head start on achieving her goals.
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Do you have a passion for the medical field? Then you have found yourself an advocate with the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists! Through the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, we inspire and equip young minds. We want to give you the experiences and tools you need to succeed in the medical field. And with these efforts, we aim to build a strong foundation for the future of medical science.
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Nobel Prize-winning molecular geneticist Dr. Mario Capecchi is the Science Director for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
Born in Verona, Italy, Dr. Capecchi had a rough start in life. His father, an Italian airman, was deemed missing in action during World War II, and his mother was sent to the Dachau concentration camp. Eventually left on his own at 4 years old, Mario almost died of malnutrition.
After being saved from the camp, his mother spent a year searching for her son and finally found him at a hospital in Reggio Emilia. With the help of American physicist Edward Ramberg, Mario’s uncle, she brought her son to the United States where he excelled in both chemistry and physics.
Dr. Capecchi received his undergraduate degree at Antioch College in Ohio with dual majors in chemistry and physics. He went on to graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he developed an interest in molecular biology.
He transferred to Harvard University to study under James Dewey Watson, the molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist credited as the co-founder of the DNA structure. Watson oversaw Capecchi’s doctoral thesis, and he graduated from the university with a PhD in biophysics.
Today, Dr. Mario Capecchi is a Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology at University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also the co-chairman of the school’s Department of Genetics. Since 1988, he has worked as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
His work that involved creating the “knockout mouse,” a genetically engineered mouse inactivated by replacing an existing gene with artificial DNA, won him the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with his project partners, Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies.
The development of the knockout mouse opened the door to allow other scientists to manipulate DNA sequences in living mice. The technology enables researchers to create mutations of any gene in a mouse.
He is also interested in the analysis of early mouse development along with the production of murine models of human genetic diseases.
Dr. Capecchi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine.
Besides the Nobel Prize, he has been awarded the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the National Medal of Science, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research, the Gardner Foundation International Award for Achievements in Medical Sciences, and dozens of other honors from all over the world.
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At just 17 years old, Shree Bose was already making a name for herself. She beat more than 10,000 competitors to win the 2011 Grand Prize at the first-ever Google Global Science Fair.
Her winning study in ovarian cancer research allowed her to discover how these cancer cells become resistant to a specific chemotherapy drug called cisplatin. It eventually opened new areas of study in the field.
As the Grand Prize Winner, Shree Bose received a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to the Oval Office where she met with then-President Barack Obama.
During her visit, she presented her work to the President and the Directors of the National Institute of Health. She met President Obama again, who recognized her when she participated in the White House Science Fair.
Shree Bose has always been passionate about science. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she explained how her brother would come home from school and teach her everything he had learned that day.
Her initial interest was in biology, but a personal tragedy steered her toward cancer research. The summer before her sophomore year in high school, she started a project on breast cancer while working in the school lab.
Her first cancer research project was about breast cancer. She entered it into a science fair but lost. Around a year after, she joined Google’s science fair, this time focusing on ovarian cancer.
Besides being a scientist, Shree Bose is a public speaker. She began speaking as an advocate for STEM education, inspiring young children to follow their dreams into advanced career choices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
She is also a co-founder of Piper, a company that produces educational toys for children. She wants to teach kids the basics of technology by providing them with an electronics toolkit. This project came about after she realized the tools used in cancer research had not come very far in the last 50 years.
Shree Bose currently juggles her work and school. She remains an active student at the Duke University School of Medicine where she is working toward both an MD and a Ph.D. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University but continues working in the lab there, advancing her research.
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