Building a foundation for science and research

From a young age, Ruchi has been passionate about translating science into tangible change that will improve the lives of others. Inspired by a trip to India at the age of 15 and the devastating impact of mosquito transmitted diseases, Ruchi Shah created a novel all-natural mosquito repellent while in high school that is effective and inexpensive, rendering it accessible to a global population. In this TEDx talk, Ruchi passionately shares her story, including the challenges of being a young scientist and the triumphs she experienced through the power of mentorship. Elaborating on the perception of science by the general public, Ruchi proposes solutions to break the stereotypes of scientists.

Ruchi Shah is a sophomore at Stony Brook University in the Scholars for Medicine (B.S./M.D.) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, majoring in biology and minoring in journalism. Ruchi’s work, ranging from creating an all-natural mosquito repellent to improving cervical cancer diagnosis, was recognized by the National Young Inventor’s Hall of Fame, the AXA Achievement scholarship, the Simons Fellowship, and Intel ISEF. She was featured in Forbes and USA Today, and was invited as a spotlight speaker and the youngest participant at the inaugural Forbes Women’s Summit in May 2013.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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