Neuqua Valley High School freshman Trisha Prabhu was named one of 15 global finalists for the 2014 Google Science Fair. She was nominated for her project, “Rethink: An Effective Way to Prevent Cyberbullying.” Her research examines if adolescent students are less likely to post harmful messages on social media sites if they are first presented with an alert to rethink their decision. Trisha is heading to Google Headquarters later this month to present to a panel of judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding. The Grand Prize winner’s school will also receive $10,000 toward classroom computing or science lab equipment.
In addition, Google’s Voter’s Choice Award will be decided by public vote. Voting takes place September 1 through Sept. 14 at googlesciencefair.com. The winner will be announced at Google’s awards ceremony on September 22 in Mountain View, California. The Voter’s Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 project development grant from Google.