Kavya Kopparapu Wins 2019 National STEM Education Award

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Indian-American teenager, Kavya Kopparapu, 19, 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 the deadliest form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. Kopparapu is a freshman at Harvard University and received an award of $10,000. 

The upcoming scientist has invented GlioVision. It is a precision medicine platform powered by AI – Artificial Intelligence, which predicts characteristics of the brain tumor in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. It is done by using a scanned picture of a biopsy instead of a DNA sample.

Kavya Kopparapu
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Kopparapu has been perceived for her praiseworthy endeavours to fight an uncommon yet deadly illness. She is a motivation for many others to seek after their expertise in STEM-related domains. 

It is surely a noteworthy step for patients with diseases such as cancer. This targeted treatment utilizes a deep learning PC framework to decide the genetic and molecular mark of a brain tumor with an accuracy of as much as 100%. 

Kopparapu is also a social business visionary. She is the founder and CEO of Girls Computing League, a non-profit association. It is known to have raised over $100,000 for computer science programming which has made its impact on over 3,800 American understudies. 

Kavya Kopparapu
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The aim of her company is to enable young ladies and under-represented bunches in AI, computer science, and technology. They frequently conduct workshops for young women who need access to computing and science resources. 

Laurel and awards are not new to Kopparapu. She is an alumnus of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. This is a STEM magnet school in Northern Virginia. Other awards won by this accomplished trailblazer includes the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist, 2017 WebMD Health Hero, US Presidential Scholar, Davidson Institute for Talent Development Scholar Laureate, Thiel Fellowship Finalist, and Time Magazine’s most persuasive teenagers of the year 2018. 

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She is also an accomplished speaker, and has delivered speeches at the Smithsonian Institution, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and has also taken an active interest in various AI conferences. 

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