First Name

Meredith

Last Name

G.

Bio

Meredith is a senior at West Lafayette High School in Indiana. She grew up reading books, doing math, playing soccer, and watching her dad program. She first dabbled in computer science by participating in Lego Robotics in fourth grade but quickly graduated to solving advanced programming problems. She took AP Computer Science her freshman year and BC Calculus her sophomore year, scoring a five on both exams. Since then she has taken several advanced Purdue University math and computer science courses. One of her proudest moments was becoming first author on a poster publication for a Purdue University computational materials science research project. Following this, Meredith was honored to spend the summer of 2018 in Antigua, Guatemala working with CeSSIAM on a statistical analysis of nutritional stunting as a Borlaug-Ruan intern for the World Food Prize. While there, she also did extensive volunteering at a refugee center and nutritional rehabilitation hospital which inspired her to pursue a research career to adapt current technology to alleve the manifold issues present in resource-limited areas. As a stepping stone, she plans to major in computational biology with a minor human rights in order to develop a full understanding of both the scientific and humanitarian limitations on solving global poverty. Since returning to the United States, she has embraced these values in a variety of activities, such as leading a service-oriented Students in Action group, investing time in advanced high school and college classes, and providing caregiving services to the elderly in her community. She joined her school’s inaugural Unified Robotics team to partner with a classmate with special needs in order to give him the opportunity to learn to program and develop an important bond. To her, computation is more than just one of her many passions; it is the tool which will allow her to reach more people, embrace her values, and serve her community.