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Ethiopian teenager wins the 2023 Improving Lives Award

Addis Ababa, October 11, 2023 (FBC) – Heman Bekele, a 14-year-old Ethiopian-born teenager living in the United States of America, won the the 2023 3M Young Scientist Challenge and received the Improving Lives Award.

Heman won scooped the prize after he developed Melanoma Treating Soap (MTS), a compound-based bar of soap designed to treat skin cancer.

Heman has received 25 thousand US dollars for winning the competition and was also given the title of ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’.

It is said that he will have the opportunity to receive advanced training under the world’s best scientists, according to Ethiopian Diaspora Service.

It is also indicated that the Ethiopian-born teenager will have the prospect of multilateral support for his scientific research endeavors in the future.

The Ethiopian Diaspora Service expressed its joy at Heman’s achievement and thanked his parents and the community for the efforts they are making to create many young Ethiopians like him. The Diaspora Service pledged commitment to provide the necessary support to continue this effort.

In a recent interview with the 3M Scientist Lab, Heman elaborated why he decided to enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, stating, “The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is an excellent opportunity for young minds to make a difference and leave a positive impact on the world. Personally, I applied for the 3M Young Scientist Challenge because I believe that young minds can make a positive impact on the world.

I have always been interested in biology and technology, and this challenge gave me the perfect platform to showcase my ideas. The opportunity to work with 3M mentors and show my project to a panel of judges was an exciting prospect. I am passionate about finding sustainable solutions to global problems, and I hope to inspire others to do the same.”

Speaking about his vision in the future ahead, the teenager revealed that he envisions himself leading a team of professionals in the development of innovative electrical systems that will shape the future of technology. “Alongside my professional success, I hope to have a fulfilling personal life with a loving family and a strong network of friends. I also hope to have given back to my community by mentoring aspiring engineers and supporting initiatives that promote STEM education,” Heman reckoned.

Ultimately, in 15 years, Heman said he hopes to have made a positive impact on the world through his work and personal endeavors.

The Improving Lives Award is a special recognition award that is a part of the annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

It is noted that the 3M Young Scientist Challenge showcases the remarkable potential of youth to positively change the world for the better. It has also been USA’s premier science competition for the last 16 years.

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