By student reporters Priyanka Phaniraj and August Clawson
Germantown, Tennessee--October 30, 2020--
Due to the tragic loss of Saksham Saksena’s relative by a late detection of cancer, he becomes inspired to gather insights and prevent this cause from occurring again in the future.
By first understanding if the variations of particle sizes can be detected by ultrasound, he develops connects this information with a possible, universal test for Cancer. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, his materials and procedures were limited; however, even in critical circumstances, Saksham utilizes everyday objects, such as yeast colonies, to perform hands-on experiments.
After completing a similar project for the Battle of the Brains competition, a regional Germantown science fair, his knowledge and eager interest grew around the guidelines for preventive screening tests for Cancer. When realizing that these guidelines were inadequate, he immediately began to collect resources, information, and solutions to combat this issue. As a result, Saksham established that this inadequacy was reflected upon the lack of awareness of the tests in the first place. As his first of many solutions, Saksham organized a website to create more awareness and serve the community in its benefits. View for more information: https://screennwin.weebly.com/
Ultimately, his confidence and strength in scientific approaches led him to virtually present his findings at the 2020 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference. As this is one of Saksham’s most prestigious opportunities, he says, “this was an out of the world experience because I knew I was competing with students much older than my peer group…made me realize that scientific thinking and smart ideas are not curtailed by the barriers of age.”
Once again, Saksham continues to inspire the younger generation and promote the purpose, significance, and creativity involved in scientific research.