Meet Anika. Anika hopes to find a natural sorbent which would be effective in replacing current environmentally damaging solutions to remedy oil spills, using pomegranate husk and orange peels.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I was particularly excited about the potential opportunity to work with a 3M Scientist Mentor to further develop my idea. I am extremely interested in environmental research and water purification and I am eager to learn and develop new ideas for preserving the environment.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
I have always been fascinated with the development of artificial intelligence and the ability to program a machine to do tasks that require precision or are dangerous. In particular, the recent development of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) really fascinated me.
In 15 years I hope to be...
An environmental scientist and innovator.
Never hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Amazing experiences and opportunities are waiting to be discovered.