Freshman Anjini Karthik named finalist for science award
Posted September 26
Freshman Anjini Karthik was named a finalist for the prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award for her independent research project on green nanotechnology.
“I’m really happy because it’s rare for a freshman to be named a finalist,” she said.
Anjini was recognized by the California Association of Professional Scientists. She researched less toxic and environmentally friendly methods to produce nanotechnology. By studying the chemicals in plants such as cinnamon, cumin and turmeric, she found that there are cost-effective and energy-efficient ways to harness the plants’ beneficial properties to make nanoparticles.
“I like green methods because nature has incredible potential to solve our problems,” Anjini said.
This latest recognition from CAPS follows a series of accolades she has received for this project, which she entered in the Synopsys Championship as an eighth grader last spring and won. She advanced to the California State Fair and earned several more awards.
Anjini has been entering science competitions since she was in sixth grade and plans to continue while at Saint Francis.
“The reason I like science is that it provides so many answers to our everyday problems,” she said.