Three girls from different parts of the country defied the status quo earlier this week -- by snagging the top title in a global science fair for each of their age categories.
Lauren Hodge from Pennsylvania took home the title for age category 13-14, Naomi Shah from Oregon won among the 15-16 group and Shree Bose of Texas topped the 17-18 category. The Google Science Fair saw more than 7,500 entries from over 90 countries around the world, ABC News reports.
Hodge, Shah and Bose have been making the news for their gender. All three are girls, and girls have long been said to be uninterested and underrepresented in science, technology, math and engineering.
“As a girl, to see that my gender actually is going to come into this field that’s been so dominated by men is exciting to me, and to be a part of that is even more exciting,” Bose told The New York Times.
But also of note is that all three girls hail from the United States, a country whose students that studies have shown to be outperformed in math and science by foreign counterparts in Singapore and China, among others.
Bose's winning entry provided insight into some female resistance to chemotherapy treating ovarian cancer. Shah's researched the connection between air pollutants in respiratory diseases and Hodge's examined how different methods of marinating chicken could create carcinogens.
Bose earned a $50,000 scholarship for her research, in addition to a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic explorer and an internship at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Shah and Hodge each won a $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and LEGO. All three also won for their schools subscriptions to Scientific American's digital archives.