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“I want to show the world how cool science is—
basically, to be the Oprah of science!” – Shree Bose
Shree Bose is a 21-year-old Harvard University, molecular and cellular biology major.
One of the winners of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition, Shree credits her older brother—and their toy microscope—for igniting her passion for science: “It showed me things beyond what my eyes could see,” she says.
From there, she studied ovarian cancer cells in high school. At 17, Shree Bose presented her research at Google’s Science Fair and won, earning a meeting with President Obama.
At Harvard she realized no toy sparked early interest in tech the way the toy microscope had inspired her, so she co-created Piper, a build-it-yourself computer that teaches programming through the kid-friendly game Minecraft.
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Bose raised $100,000 on Kickstarter in only five days, which enabled her to pilot Piper in schools from Atlanta to India.
Glamour introduced all of the winners in the Top 10 College Women competition to mentors in their respective fields.
Bose spoke to Holly Gordon, co-founder of girls’ education campaign Girl Rising, who told her:
“Be patient with yourself and your idea. And listen to your gut.
If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.”
BONUS: Check out all of this year’s Top 10 College Women winners »
DOUBLE BONUS: Meet the girls from the Girl Rising film, right here on 4Girls!
Mother’s Day Bonus: Find out how else Minecraft is making news for girls here >
Thanks to Glamour for this inspiring story.
This is the 58th year in a row that Glamour magazine has sponsored the Top 10 College Women Competition.
The competition seeks to identify dynamic young women with leadership experience, excellent grades, and inspiring goals in order to feature their stories to inspire others. The magazine awards one grand prize of $20,000 and nine prizes of $3,000. All winners receive a trip to New York City and recognition in a special feature in Glamour.
The competition is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (except for Quebec) who are at least 18 years old and will be full-time juniors in the fall after applying. Student athletes may enter and win the competition, but special accommodations will be made to comply with National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. [symple_column size=”one-fourth” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
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