Monday, October 3, 2011

Obama Meets With Junior Food Scientist

President Obama welcomed talented young food scientist Lauren Hodge to the Oval Office on Monday.

Hodge, holding the yellow trophy, above, won in the 13-14 age group of the inaugural Google Science Fair in July, for a project studying the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.

The other winners also had projects related to medicine. Shree Bose, holding the white trophy, won in the 17-18 age group, for discovering a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs. Google held the competition in July, and Bose was declared the Grand Prize winner. She received a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands. 

Naomi Shah, with the blue trophy, won in the 15-16 age group for a project that involved improving indoor air quality to reduce reliance on asthma medications.

Shah and Hodge received $25,000 scholarships.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House

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