Mary Masterman, young astronomer extraordinaire.
Being a young woman in science myself, I am always interested in encouraging girls to pursue science. A 17-year-old high school girl named Mary Masterman needs no encouragement from me. In fact, I wish she would come over to MIT and give me a few lessons in spectroscopy! Mary just won a $100,000 college scholarship from the Intel Science Talent Search for her building of a homemade spectrograph, a machine that generally costs a hundred thousand dollars but which she build for mere hundreds of dollars. Most impressive! I can’t wait for this girl to grow up and win her Nobel. Of note, six of the top ten winners of this year’s Intel Talent Search were female. Woo-hoo!