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17-year-old girl emerges winner of Molecular Biology contest, wins $25,000 scholarship to US university

A 17-year-old teenage girl named Aashna Mago has emerged the winner of a Molecular Biology contest in the United States which earned her 25000 dollars worth of scholarships to University of Carlifornia.

Aashna is a teen from Upper Makefield resident who just got enrolled at Stanford University. She won the Davidson Fellows scholarship that she is applying toward expenses at the California university.

She is one of only 20 students across the United States to receive Davidson Fellows scholarships of $50,000; $25,000 or $10,000. She was awarded the  scholarship worth of 25000 dollars.

The Davidson scholarships go to students who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, literature, philosophy, and music according to the institute officials.


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Aashna won the award for a 20-page research paper and a 10-minute video documenting her work in molecular biology. She researched while still in high school at The Lawrenceville School, New Jersey in the United States.

She told Phillyburbs that she worked in the chemical engineering lab at Princeton University to see if a particular molecule was compatible with human cells and had the potential to help treat cancer and other diseases.

“It was exciting continuing this research I had actually been doing all along as a high school student. I want to be able to help people with their illnesses,” she said.


Aashna is studying for her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Stanford University in the United States.

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