Rachel Anand, Vanderbilt University
Akron, OH, Anand Homeschool Academy
From insect collections to extensive cognitive studies, Rachel continuously nurtures her zeal for the world of science. She has a keen interest in explicating functions of the human body and brain. Seeking to advance telemedicine, Rachel has gathered images using a digital otoscope to diagnose ear infections. She has conducted an autism research project, and she has surveyed the effects of social media on teens’ self-portrayal. Rachel’s study of how early exposure to various forms of media effects future career choices placed her as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, adding to her multiple accolades in scientific competition. She is currently a research intern in the Molecular Cardiology lab at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, and she plans to major in Medicine, Health, and Society. Rachel is also a violinist.