Akshaya is a Senior at Sharon High School in Sharon, MA. Being in love with science her whole life, Akshaya’s scientific pursuits have ranged from studying the origin of gravitational waves, identifying drugs that can tackle ZIKA virus infections using computational methods, designing a mobile app that provides safety awareness during school shootings, and most recently, analyzing human genomic data using the “R” programming language to identify genetic contributions to smoking behavior. Her passion for science has been rewarded with 1st place award at the MA State Science Fair, 1st place award at Technovation Global Challenge regional pitch event, US Naval science award, Applied Biomath award, and 3rd place award in her Regional Science Fair. Recently, she has been selected as a MA student delegate for the American Junior Academy of Sciences Annual Convention to be held in Washington DC in 2019. Additionally, she is the materials and lab demonstration lead for her school’s Sharon Math and Science Tournament club that conducts science competitions for middle school children. In college, she is hoping to marry her love for computer science and biology by majoring in computational biology and molecular biology through which she can validate her computational results through molecular assays. Besides her love for STEM, Akshaya is an active contributor to her community and volunteers for a non-profit health enterprise where she assembles immunoassay diagnostic kits to be sent to African nations and has organized the Sharon Dance Marathon raising nearly $6500 for Boston Children’s Hospital. When she is not running her scientific experiments or volunteering for her community, Akshaya enjoys composing digital music online, playing the cello, and playing with her pug.