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My goal is to combine training, education and passion to solve challenges andimprove quality of life of people.It was atthe age of 13 that I cottoned to Biology. Since then, I started readingdifferent science magazines. With the help and encouragement of my scienceteachers, I explored and participated in ‘The Initiative for research andInnovation in Science’ (IRIS) National fair in which I took up a project on theuses of Saline sodic soil. This project gave an in-depth knowledge about thespecial properties of this soil. This soil would be a wonderful substitute forsoaps and detergents as it contains chemicals such as Sodium, Potassium,Magnesium and Calcium attributed for its soapy properties.

People in the stateof Karnataka, where I reside  have been usingthis soil for bathing, washing utensils and clothes, etc. It is auser-friendly, low cost substitute, which unlike the usual soaps and detergentsdo not pollute water bodies and soil. This soil can be used in place of soaps,detergents, Dead Sea mud and Multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth Clay) in upcomingyears. I’d always possessed an affinity towards science. My first project andits success boosted my confidence and heartened me. By the end of my 9thgrade, I realized my passion, it was none other than the scientific research.

In grade 10,I came across an article on ‘Leaf Blight disease’. At that time, I was morallychallenged to learn more about the lethal effects the fungal pathogen had onbrinjal and tomato crop. Statistics show that there is a loss in yield of up to79% of tomato crop in the U.S.

, and about 25-30% loss of eggplant crop inIndia. That article was a spark, which kindled my mind to think about a solutionto counteract the problem in a sustainable way. Since then, I desperatelydelved into Biochemistry. Thus, my second research work was based on immunizingbrinjal and tomato plants from Leaf blight disease caused by Alternariasolani (a fungal pathogen) by using amino acids (Glycine, lysine andaspartic acid) as elicitors. I put my heart and soul to this project. Thisproject titled ‘A novel strategy using amino acids as elicitor to combatpathogenicity caused by Alternaria solani on selected crops’ wasselected and presented at the ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair'(ISEF)held in Los Angeles, California from 14th to 17th May,2017. During my stay in Los Angeles, I was able to adapt myself to the newsettings.

Staying in a whole new country, I couldn’t feel any difference andwas able to gel with the people. I got the opportunity to interact with youngscientists, Nobel Laureates, Science for Society and Public alumni, and manymore, which broadened my mind.It is alsomy inquisitiveness to probe into the problem of fungal attack in rice crop andto counteract this problem in an ecofriendly way.I have beena part of The National Cadet Corps and an active member of The Rotary Clubwhich are involved in community services in India and participated in variouscamps and activities.

My hobbies include oil painting and reading sciencejournals. I find theSummer Science Program as an immersion into hands- on research which is veryimpressive. I believe this will give me great degree of expertise and exposure andprovide me a platform where I can enhance my scientific yet innovative bent ofmind. I can learn more and meet new people with the same temperament fromacross the world that will greatly add to my knowledge and skills. I will bemore open to different ideas that will allow me to think out of the box.

I am surethat my curiosity and my researching skills will enable me to succeed in thegreatly claimed program to become an experimentalist. Eventually, I deeplybelieve that the excellence of your program will motivate me to achieve my lifegoals. I am looking forward to my life changing moments at Summer ScienceProgram.