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Katie - Excited To Be Getting Started!

Hi everyone! I'm really excited to be in this challenge!

I was inspired to enter this contest because I've always loved science and considered it exciting and fun. When I read about computational biology and bioinformatics in my biology textbook, my interest was piqued and I decided to explore these new fields of science for my project. I also heard about the worldwide HIV epidemic and had a deep desire to help treat and cure this devastating disease.

Making the entry video was a fun and educational experience, and I particularly enjoyed being able to include Caysie, my dog—it was tough getting her to look at the camera, though!

I was thrilled to learn that I was a finalist in the Young Scientist Challenge, and my friends and family are extremely excited as well! I'm really looking forward to this summer's project and meeting everyone in October!

I had the opportunity to talk to my mentor, Dr. Raha Been, and we held a fascinating conversation about my project, her work in the development of advanced wound care technologies, and other topics.

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