A Teen Found A Potential COVID-19 Treatment And Twitter Wants Her To Get More Than A Measly $25K Reward
The 14-year-old also earned the title of America’s Top Young Scientist and won a special destination trip.
October 18, 2020 at 2:27 pm
A science competition which awarded only $25,000 to a Texas teen for developing potential COVID-19 treatment is getting backlash.
According to a statement from Frisco Independent School District in Texas, Anika Chebrolu won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge after finding a molecule which can possibly be used as a drug treatment for the coronavirus.
Introducing America's Top #YoungScientist, 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu! Learn more about her winning project that won the top prize at this year's 3M Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge: https://t.co/I5J7z6zlI4 ???????????? pic.twitter.com/jKHCTS3bcU
— 3M (@3M) October 15, 2020
“I developed this molecule that can bind to a certain protein on the SARS COVID-2 virus,” Chebrolu said, according to CBS DFW. “This protein by binding to it it will stop the function of the protein. I started with a database of over 682 million compounds.”
According to the school district, the 3M/Discovery Young Scientist Challenge is considered to be the nation’s premier middle school science competition.
The 14-year-old also earned the title of America’s Top Young Scientist and won a special destination trip in addition to the cash prize. But the award was not enough in the eyes of the public.