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Teen who created toxin-detecting molecule wants to inspire others in STEM

Today is International Women’s Day. In honor of the contributions and accomplishments of women in our society, we’d like to take this time to tell you about Keiana Cavé, and the work she’s doing to inspire more women.

Keiana Cavé is the teen responsible for creating toxin-detecting molecules following the 2010 BP oil spill. Cavé, who was recently named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 (energy category), discovered in her award winning study that “when UV rays from the sun mixed with the oil on the ocean's surface, the result was carcinogenic.” Cavé’s work was recently funded by Chevron and she’s hard at work on a dispersant to neutralize cancer-causing chemicals.

Now Ms. Cavé wants to inspire others to follow their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) dreams. As she explains, “Follow what you want to do no matter what… Maybe you don’t look like them and they might not think that you know as much as they do, but you have to prove you do. Keep your head down, and work really hard.” The work done by Keiana Cavé is just one example of the way women today that serve as inspiration for young girls across America!

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