Open LettersAn Open Letter to the Girls Who Won the Google Science FairAnnie Stamell

Dear Girls Who Won the Google Science Fair,

When I was in 8th grade, I wrote the following in my Lisa Frank diary:

“I love science. When I grow up I want to be a scientist of some sort. Maybe an astronomer.”

And then I talked about how it would be cool to be an FBI agent but maybe also a movie star and then I transitioned into several paragraphs about how I still had a crush on some boy named Ryan even if I told myself I didn’t because I so totally did. However, the important takeaway here is that I love science.

I am not a scientist, of course, but you are! Shree, Naomi and Lauren: all three of you are scientists and even better, you are like modern day lady Doogie Howsers (are you too young for this reference? Probably) because you are under the age of twenty and each of you dominated your respective age groups in the first ever Google Science Fair. Let it be known that you were the only three winners, that you are all girls and most importantly, you are three totally awesome chicks under the age of twenty won their categories in the first ever Google Science Fair. If that’s not a prime example of some serious girl power then I still have a crush on Ryan. (I don’t. No, seriously, I don’t. This isn’t like that time I wrote in my diary and said that if I said I didn’t have a crush on him, I really did, okay? I think he’s married now, anyway).

Shree, Naomi and Lauren, you are three awesome chicks and an inspiration to us all. I think if I were writing in my diary tomorrow (tomorrow = what I wrote last night) then I would say (did say) something like this:

“I love science. When I grow up I want to be a scientist of some sort. Maybe I’ll be like Shree and study a chemotherapy drug for women with ovarian cancer. Or I’ll be like Naomi and study the effects of air quality on lungs. Or I will be just like Lauren and try to find out if marinades reduce the amount of cancer-causing compounds produced by grilling meat. And maybe I’ll win a science fair and inspire girls and women all over the world.”

Humble Regards,


Featured Image via First-Place Sweep by American Girls at First Google Science Fair on


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  1. I am a scientist and I love, love, love this story! I have been working in the biotech industry for 16 years and am happy to say that we have lots of women representing but could always use more :). And for all the girls out there – being good in math and science (or really in anything) does NOT make you a geek or nerd and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fact that real men actually like smart girls!

  2. yay science! this is on my desk at work:

  3. It’s great that these girls are into science and won the Google science fair! I hope it inspires more girls to pursue math and science; they aren’t just for boys! Also, the things they studied are awesome; I hope scientists/doctors continue some of their cancer research, if they haven’t already done so!

  4. Super Aweomse!

  5. Space Ice Cream, they make it for backpacking these days :)

  6. I miss Lisa Frank!

  7. Mad love for the smart ladies.

  8. Smart girls unite!!

  9. Aww, this is perfect! I just saw on the bus this morning that 13.5% of scientists are women. It made me a little sad. :( But this….THIS makes me so happy! :)

  10. That is so awesome! Girls can do science too:)

  11. Awesome Stuff! I’ve been reading negative stuff all morning and should really just limit myself to this awesome site! Wonderful letter! What amazing girls. <3

  12. These girls are awesome! Yay, science!

  13. YAY! I’ve missed your open letters! These little lady scientists are bomb!

  14. Awesome!!!

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