UVA Student and AMPEL Intern 1 of 10 Finalists for Prestigious Science Innovation Award

Posted: Aug 02, 2018 6:23 PM EDTUpdated: Aug 03, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

Edited by Emmy Freedman


A University of Virginia student is up for a prestigious international science innovation award.

She’s one of only 10 in the country that’s in the running for this honor.

Madison Smither, a rising second year, started Students to Scientists in her hometown, where she mentored young girls interested in the STEM field.

She balanced all of this while doing cancer research, and then brought both of those interests to UVA.

Smither is now nominated for the 2018 Nature Research Innovating Science Award.

It celebrates the achievements of women in science and those who encourage others to get involved in STEM.

“It’s not about your background,” says Smither. “It’s not about where you’re from. It’s not about how many resources you have. It’s just really about the problem that you’re trying to solve and really just getting excited about discovery and science.”

In September, Smither will find out if she makes the final five.

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