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Ishana is a tenacious STEM enthusiast interested in pursuing a bioinformatics-related career. With extensive engineering and computer science experience in high school, Ishana has laid a foundation for her rigorous future. Not only is she the captain of her school's FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4099, but she has also conducted research with the George Washington University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the past two years. Ishana was named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar for her research at GWU, where she independently developed a machine learning network that instantaneously detects tumors better than radiologists themselves. At NIST, she was requested to lead a group of student interns in building and programming a radiation-detecting robot to be deployed in the hallways at NIST. She is also a fierce advocate for increased federal funding for STEM programs in underserved areas, frequently visiting her local legislators and Congressmen to push for better allocation of money. In her junior year, Ishana also led a three-person team in building an assistive truffle-making device for employees at a local bakery, for which she earned the title of National Semifinalist in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge. As she continues to compete in various cyberforensics and computing competitions (ACSL, USACO, CSAW, CyberSkyline, etc.) and foster her love her engineering, Ishana will broaden her horizons as she prepares to step into the real world. She hopes to continue conducting advanced research in college and beyond, and desires to create intelligent systems to reduce medical imprecision. In addition to her National Honorable Mention for the NCWIT AiC Award, she is also a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist and a FIRST Dean's List Semifinalist. Ishana will use these awards to catapult her into her future as an innovator and biomedical engineer.