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Notre Dame pupil is one of the world’s best young scientists

A pupil at Notre Dame High School in Glasgow has beaten thousands of other entries to be shortlisted in a worldwide science competition

17-year-old Susan Chen (right) created a three-minute video on the black hole information paradox as part of the Breakthrough Challenge 2017, where she had to create a video explaining a scientific theory or concept to a general audience.

Susan’s video has now made it to the popular vote section of the competition, where the video with the most likes and shares on Facebook will go straight to the final, and eight regional champions will be crowned.

Representing the Europe region, Susan is the only UK entry to make it to the popular vote, and one of only three submissions from all of Europe.

The winner of the Breakthrough Challenge will receive an incredible prize of a $250,000 (£187,825) post-secondary scholarship, a $50,000 (£37,565) prize for their teacher, and a $100,000 (£75,130) Breakthrough science lab prize.

The prizes were founded by the Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, paediatrician Priscilla Chan, as well as Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, and Yuri and Julia Milner, aiming to praise the best scientific work and inspire science’s next generation.

 

– Susan’s video can be seen at: www.fb.com/BreakthroughPrize

 

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