Magazine article Black Enterprise

Teen Scientist Fights World Hunger: Juliet Girard Shares $100,000 Siemens Westinghouse Scholarship. (Teen Passions)

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Teen Scientist Fights World Hunger: Juliet Girard Shares $100,000 Siemens Westinghouse Scholarship. (Teen Passions)

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She comes from a family of performers, writes her own music, plays the guitar, and acts in the drama club. It would seem that Juliet Girard is next in line to become a big actress or a famous musician, but she's not. She has no desire to become a showbiz star, because she's got her sights set on bigger things--like world hunger.

Last December, Juliet Girard was named the first African American winner of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, one of the nation's leading research-based science and math competitions for high school students.

Juliet and her partner, Roshan Prabhu, were awarded $100,000 for their project, "Identification and High Resolution Mapping of Flowering 'rime Genes in Rice." The project identified genes that contribute to early flowering time in rice, a discovery that may lead to increased crop production and frequent harvests.

Ultimately, the project could meet the growing demand for this important food staple. "Rice is consumed at the largest rate and 50% of the world depends on it, especially third world countries suffering from malnutrition and starvation," Juliet explains. "This is why the rice project is so important."

Last summer, Juliet and Roshan conducted their research during an internship with the NASA Sharp Plus Program at Cornell University. After the program, the duo headed back to school and, in September, submitted their results to the Siemens Westinghouse competition. …

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