The July 22 event welcomed 10 teens from across the country as a reward for their winning submissions to the first-ever NEI “Eye on the Future” video competition. More than 40 high-school students submitted 3-minute science-themed videos to the contest, which encouraged participation by minorities underrepresented in biomedical science.
NEI awarded cash prizes to first-place winner Meenakshi Ambati, second-place winner Ethan Dunn, and third-place winner Sanjana Kumar. Top contest winners and honorary awardees were invited to visit NIH via an expense-paid trip. Winning videos.
Students and their parents toured campus with stops at the NIH animal facility for a cow eye dissection. They also explored a sodium-light room, designed to show concepts of color perception (strawberries appear a ghastly grey). They played cornhole and, of course, had ice cream.