Maggie is a junior at Harvard College, studying developmental biology and the history of science. Currently, Maggie conducts research on heart regeneration at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute as an undergraduate research fellow. Previously, she has developed toxin-absorbing nanodevices for the treatment of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Maggie has been recognized as a U. S. Presidential Scholar, Davidson Fellow, Simons Research Fellow, Regeneron Science Talent Search Top 40 Finalist, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 1st Place Grand Award Winner, International BioGENEius Challenge Finalist, and Marvel Studio’s STEM Challenge Finalist, among other honors.
Additionally, she is a science journalist and writer who is passionate about science communication and child literacy. Her words appear in The New York Times, Lady Science, and BioSpace. As a children’s book author, she recently led a project to publish a children’s anthology explaining COVID-19 to younger students, with all proceeds benefiting the UNICEF Humanitarian Fund for pandemic relief. Through her work, Maggie aims to make science accessible and digestible for people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
It is with excitement that we award the 2020/2021 National STEM Award to Maggie Chen.