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DMS Student Lauded At National STEM Fest For Innovative Blood Sensor

Discovery Middle student Nikita Prabhakar represented Alabama at the National STEM festival in Washington DC last week. There, she presented her award-winning project on development of a non-invasive sensor for monitoring the blood loss in menorrhagia - an innovation of which she has been directed to pursue a patent for. 

Nikita in front of National Stem Festival banner
Nikita was one of just three Alabama students chosen as National Champions. She met personnel from the Department of Education, Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, Center for Disease Control, and the United States Patent Office. 
She also met several celebrities from environmental, health, food and technology fields.  
She was interviewed by multiple groups including her travel sponsor (Broadcom foundation), Society for Science and the Public and one interview was even live streamed on TikTok. She received a letter from former president Barack Obama congratulating her on her innovation and accomplishments and is scheduled to be featured on NPR as part of the Women in STEM series.