16 Year Old Minnesota Teen Earns National Women In Computing Award


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16 year old Darartu Gamada from Breck School is a National winner of the 2015 Aspirations for Women in Computing Award — a top 35 honoree from a pool of over 2,500 across the country.

Gamada received the award for her work in using a supercomputer at the University of Minnesota to run 31 simulations using models she developed for the potential treatment of people with muscular dystrophy.

“I’m curious about how technology and computational biology can be applied to medicine,” says the junior.

This accomplishment comes from Darartu’s talent and achievements in math and science that include recognition by the Minnesota State Department Scholar of Distinction in STEM, as well as her being named a semifinalist in the national ExploraVision competition.

Darartu formed and captains her science bowl team and is the team captain of her schools Math League and Quiz Bowl teams. Additionally, Darartu is involved in FIRST robotics and is a co-captain on the Advanced Science Research Team.

AdvanceIT Minnesota with a host of sponsors and supporters have organized The Aspirations for Women in Computing Award at the local level for three years running to recognize high school women for their achievements in technology.

An award ceremony held last evening at Land O’ Lakes headquarters highlighted 22 students who placed in the local competition this year:

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