Georgia Tech Graduate: Pranaya Chilukuri

From The Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Pranaya Chilukuri fell in love with Georgia Tech as a child coming to science fairs and math competitions. Now she's getting redy to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering. Along the way, she found a way to give back to the community and reinvigorate a love for Indian dance. "It's been a heckuva ride," she says.

The University of Chicago: Inquiry and Impact

From The University of Chicago -

Imagine yourself studying in a program with a rare combination of a vibrant intellectual climate that attracts the most talented scholars from all backgrounds, an empowering liberal arts education exemplified in our singular Core curriculum, and a campus environment that offers students the guidance and practical experience to succeed in any career they choose. Philanthropy will play a vital role in fueling this combination and preparing the brightest minds to go into the world and enrich human life through their work. UC will ensure that the best students can attend the College regardless of economic circumstances.

Johns Hopkins University undergrads' device could save billons in health care costs

Team Aezon -- composed entirely of Johns Hopkins undergrads -- is a top 10 finalist for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize, a $10 million global competition to develop a portable, medical diagnostic device for the consumer market, inspired by the “tricorder” used on Star Trek. This device could help reduce the estimated $38 million wasted annually in unnecessary emergency department visits, says Kenney Scholar Ryan Walter, Engr '16, who cites research from the New England Healthcare Institute and Truven Health Analytics.

Ariel Helms: Searching for a diabetes discovery

From Vanderbilt University -

For Ariel Helms, a genealogy search when she was young revealed a long-kept secret: Her ancestors were Cherokee Native Americans. “My great-grandparents had taken this knowledge to the grave,” she said. “My dad grew up thinking he was of German heritage. It was, at the time, a difficult thing to be Native American, so it was kept very secret.” Having a Native American background began to make sense—it could be why so many family members suffered from diabetes. These bits of information motivated Helms to seek out scientific research and Vanderbilt. She has worked in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center’s lab the past two years. “My ultimate dream is to contribute to the alleviation of the burden of disease in a way that benefits my Native American community and the nation as a whole,” she said. “I want to help people struggling with diabetes.”

West Virginia University - Teenage Radio Wave Hunters

In southern West Virginia, a gigantic telescope stands against the backdrop of the mountains. Over the last few years, several hundred students across the country have learned at the feet of the Green Bank Telescope. Some will become scientists, and others will love science while pursuing their dreams. They're all teenage radio wave hunters searching for pulsars as part of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, a program of West Virginia University and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.