Quarry Lane senior, Rhea Mitr, was named one of fifteen finalists that have advanced to the final round of the worldwide Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
Rhea's video, focused on cancer therapy using Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors, is among the 15 videos from around the globe that will compete for the final prize worth $400,000. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge's mission is to nurture, develop and inspire students, from 13 to 18 years old, in the field of science and STEM careers, along with showcasing to the general public the young contenders' passion for life sciences, physics and mathematics. The winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will be announced on November 3rd at the annual Breakthrough Prize Awards, held at the NASA Ames Research Center. The Breakthrough Prize Awards are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge award winner will receive a $250,000 scholarship. in addition, $100,000 will be awarded to the school towards a state-of-the-art science lab, and $50,000 will be awarded to the student's science teacher.