Since opening their first program nearly two decades ago, BASIS charter schools continue to top the national and international rankings of some of the industry’s most reliable sources. College ranking website Niche has just ranked BASIS Scottsdale number six out of fifty schools nation-wide for high SAT scores and enrollment in advanced level academic courses. Recently, BASIS Scottsdale garnered yet another accomplishment to add to its list of accolades: student Anvita Gupta won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good at the Intel Science Talent Search at the White House last month.24obama1-741404-edited

The BASIS Scottsdale 17 year old was one of forty national finalists competing for $1 million in awards in the nation’s oldest and most-respected pre-college science and math competition.

Gupta_Paul_Han_Charley-096253-editedAnvita was recognized for writing an algorithm that makes it easier for computers to help develop disease-curing drugs. Her findings even caught the eye of the President. After she presented her research to President Obama, he specifically recognized her during his speech, saying "Anvita Gupta...used artificial intelligence and biochemistry to identify potential treatments for cancer, tuberculosis, Ebola." 

On a global level, researchers in China have already put her tuberculous-fighting research findings, entitled A Novel Method of Targeting Intrinsically Disordered Proteins for Drug Discovery: Application to Cancer and Tuberculosis into pre-clinical trials. 

It’s no secret that BASIS.ed schools produce top-notch talent. Stories such as Anvita’s are powerful proof that our STEM-focused liberal arts curriculum continues to foster the next generation of leaders and thinkers across many disciplines. In Anvita’s case, a scientist who is on a mission to change the world and already doing so.

In addition to being recognized as one of the nation’s top science students, Ms. Gupta was awarded $35,000…and the bragging rights to a pretty remarkable story at the lunchroom table.

A hearty congratulations to Anvita and the entire BASIS.ed community for such an astounding accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what comes next.

Check out a fun Q & A article featuring Ms. Gupta here; and a great news story covering Anvita’s success here.

Read Obama's full speech here.

Have a question for Anvita? Post it in the comments section below!


Sources: Cronkite News & Student Society for Science