March 8th, 2021

Amidst an ongoing pandemic, our daily lives have been adversely impacted in a number of unprecedented ways. In spite of these difficult times, the Girls Three-Minute Science Competition returned for its second annual cycle and was fortunate to be met again with the fervent passion of girls in the science community.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020-21 Girls Three-Minute Science Competition. Congratulations to all our winners! The final decisions were extremely difficult to make, as each submission uniquely represented the profound scientific knowledge of each competitor. From the raw passion showcased in each video submission to the eager participants of our first ambassador program (qualifying ambassadors have been listed on our About page here), the enthusiasm displayed by all our participants deeply touched the hearts of the judges and the Girls Three-Minute Science team.

Although the current competition cycle has ended, we hope to return! We hope that our message of empowering more girls to participate in science will persist. Most of all, we hope that all the energy we witnessed throughout the operation of our competition will continue to welcome more females into science.


The Girls Three-Minute Science Team

Note: Over the next week, our team will be reaching out to the winners and finalists to coordinate the award transaction.

First Place: Katie Zelvin, 16

Self-Reconfigurable Robots Save Human Lives

Second Place: Ashley Cohen, 16

The Ethics of De-Extinction

Second Place: Varsha Shankar, 16

CRISPR and Cancer Research

Third Place: Alice Feng, 16

Mycelium: A Biodegradable and Effective Alternative to Eco-harmful Materials

Third Place: Medha Lolayekar, 15

Looking for a cure for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Third Place: Ashley Zhou, 16

The Science of Meditation: How It Changes the Brain

Girls International Three-Minute Science Competition Finalists

Zainab Alrowaie, 17: "Medicine in medieval Islamic era"

Katie Auyeung, 17: "Warning: Dead Zones Up Ahead"

Ava Bhowmik, 12: "Mask Wearing: A Profoundly Important Pillar of COVID-19 Pandemic Control"

Julia Burnham, 14: "Caffeine On the Brain: How much is too much?"

Audrey Lim, 15: "The Power of Diet in Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease"

Medha Venkatapathy, 16: "The Rise and Fall of Sea Level"

Angela Zhu, 16: "The Rising Threat of Unregulated Natural Medicines"

April 30th, 2020

The power of virtual connection has become apparent in this precarious time of uncertainty and isolation. With just a webcam and the mercy of our homes' wi-fi network, we can bond friendships, build productive projects, and share exciting plans. Now and in the future, the ability to present ideas effectively and earnestly is more important than ever.

Thus, we're so excited to share with you the first-ever winners of the Girls International Three-Minute Science Competition. The judges and our team were blown away by the knowledge and enthusiasm showcased by hundreds of girls from 32 US States and 16 countries across 6 continents. Although the videos displayed below scored the highest points from the judges, every single submission showed us something uniquely special, and we're so glad to have had the honor to be a part of it.

Over the next couple of days, our team will be reaching out to the winners and finalists to coordinate the award transaction. But it doesn't end here. We hope that all of you will take the next step to explore science further. Learn more about the topics that inspire you. Sign up for those extra science electives. Apply for that lab research internship. And of course, stay tuned, because we'll be back!


​The Girls Three-Minute Science Team

First Place: Camila Gutierrez, 16

Grain-free Diets: A Heartache for Man's Best Friend

Second Place: Kathryn Clem, 17

Thawing Permafrost and Its Impact on Alaskan Environment

Second Place: Romy Greenwald, 15

Which alternatives to plastic straws are better for the environment?

Third Place: Christine Meng, 16

How Does the Doppler Effect Help us Understand our Universe?

Third Place: Julia Burnham, 13

Nuclear Energy

Third Place: Marianne Liu, 14

The Coral Reef Killer

Girls International Three-Minute Science Competition Finalists

Seminamera Ajdari, "Coleoid Cephalopods and their camouflage mechanism"

Aretha Chen, "Telomeres and Aging"

Stella Chen, "Apples, Oranges, and Gravitational Waves"

Alejandra Durán, "Molecular imprinting: method, uses, and potential for future applications"

Ugonna Egbuchulam, "Gene Therapy"

Angela Jia, "What is a PID Controller?"

Fátima López Salcedo, "How to discover an exoplanet"

Rachel Weng, "Influenza Virus"

Lucy Xu, "What is CAR-T immunotherapy and how does it cure cancer?"

Jessica Yu, "Our Brains and 9/11: Flashbulb Memory"