Young scientist heads to Washington

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Fourteen-year-old Varun Maden, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) student at Lake Highland Preparatory School, has been chosen as one of the country’s top young scientists. 

Maden will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to compete in the eighth annual Broadstone MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. 

The 30 middle school finalists were chosen from 2,537 applicants from 35 states. 

Maden’s love for bees inspired him to use science in an effort to save them. He tested human probiotics on honeybees and realized a positive impact on enhancing honey bee health. 

Varun Maden with his science fair project on improving the health of honey bees with bifidobacterium infantis, a type of bacteria found in human probiotics.

Finalists will travel to DC for a rigorous competition in which they will demonstrate their mastery of critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration in each of the STEM areas. 

Each finalist will receive $500 and the opportunity to win more than $100,000 in awards. 

Upon graduating high school, Maden intends on follow in his sister’s footsteps. 

“My sister Vrinda is my role model. In March 2017, she won ninth place in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search competition and is now a sophomore at Princeton University. Like her I want to work hard and let God decide my future,” Maden said.

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