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Picture of the Day: Pranav Singh, future scientist

Pranav Singh views his submission to YouTube's SpaceLab competition (photo: Cindy Yamanaka, ocregister.com)

Pranav Singh views his submission to YouTube's SpaceLab competition (photo: Cindy Yamanaka, ocregister.com)

Irvine, California’s Pranav Singh, 16, was one of 60 finalists in YouTube’s Space Lab Competition:

…a worldwide initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube. Space Lab is part of YouTube’s larger commitment to highlighting and providing access to the wealth of educational content available on YouTube as well as Lenovo’s focus on equipping students with 21st century skills via PC technology.

He was also one of 10 finalists in his age group. While he didn’t make the regional shortlist, Pranav should certainly be commended for his project.

Pranav’s submission took me back to high school and undergraduate biosciences. I was amazed at the comfort he exhibited in discussing his proposal:

He discusses his future plans in an interview with a local newspaper:

Singh is hoping to find a future in the sciences, possibly integrating his love for cars by creating a sustainable bio fuel using genetically modified algae.

He’s applying for biomedical internships now.

Congratulations and best of luck, Pranav!

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