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"