Pinay Awarded Top Achievement in Int’l Science Contest, Receives $400,000 Grand Prize

Hillary Andales was awarded as the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winner last Sunday, bringing home fortune and fame for her inspiring work in the category of physics.

Andales, 18, submitted her video entry to the Breakthrough Foundation describing the reference frames in general relativity, a topic I’m sure we’re all familiar with.

Representing Philippine Science High School (PISAY) – Eastern Visayans, Andales won the popular vote in 2016 and 2017, allowing her to skip past the judges and make her way onto the final round.

Image via breakthroughjuniorchallenge website

Her determination and expertise eventually awarded her the top prize at the ‘Oscars of Science’, winning over her fellow kababayans such as Sen. Bam Aquino on social media.

Andales has earned herself and her school $400,000 for championing over 11,000 students from 178 countries around the globe.

“In recognition of her winning submission, Hillary Diane Andales receives up to $400,000 in educational prizes, including a scholarship worth up to $250,000, another $50,000 for the science teacher who inspired her, and a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000 designed by and in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.”

2017 is the second time Andales entered into the Breakthrough Junior Contest. The competition was founded by Sergey Brin, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Anne Wojcicki, and Pony Ma—all distinguished STEM leaders and advocates.

Image capture of video via Breakthrough’s Facebook page

Every year I am inspired by the Breakthrough Prize laureates and the deep insights that are made possible by pure curiosity-driven research. This year is no exception,” said Breakthrough Prize co-founder, Anne Wojcick.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global science video competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Watch her winning video below via Breakthrough‘s Facebook Page.

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Posted by Breakthrough on Monday, October 23, 2017