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Indian-American teen awarded for brain cancer treatment innovation

by Webdesk


WASHINGTON – 19-year-old Indian-American teen Kavya Kopparapu has been conferred with the 2019 National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Award for her ground-breaking invention designed to improve treatments for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer.

The $10,000 award given by STEM Education US, recognises Kavya as an "extraordinarily talented and accomplished" individual "who has meaningfully promoted STEM education", reported by The American Bazaar.

STEM Education USA promotes excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math education. Kavya succeeds immediate past winner, Peyton Robertson — the youngest person named to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Science List and holder of 10 patents.

Kavya of Herndon, Virginia is a freshman at Harvard University, researching at the intersection of medicine and computer science.

The teenager is also the inventor of GlioVision, a precision medicine platform powered by Artificial Intelligence that predicts tumor characteristics in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. In this line, she was recognized as a 2017 WebMD Health Hero, 2018 Thiel Fellowship Finalist, and 2018 Davidson Institute for Talent Development Scholar Laureate, 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist, and 2018 US Presidential Scholar.


As the founder and CEO of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Kavya is passionate about making computer science accessible to any student, regardless of gender, race, age, or socioeconomic status. Since 2015, GirlsComputingLeague has raised over $100,000 for computer science programming impacting over 3,800 US students.


Kavya has spoken at the Smithsonian, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and several Artificial Intelligence Conferences.


- With Input of IANS & The American Bazzar.