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Chandana Golla

Chandana Golla graduated from Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas as a National AP Scholar and recipient of the IB Diploma. She hopes to major in Biomedical Engineering as a pre-medical student. Her other interests include cultural history, languages, social justice, and global healthcare. 

Chandana Golla

During high school, she was involved in research and health advocacy. She spent the summer before sophomore year at the University of Houston Environmental Engineering Lab organizing water quality data and participating in experiments to test methods to improve water quality. During the following summer, she participated in protein folding research using biophysical computation at Rice University. 

After attending the Stanford Youth Leadership Conference on Hepatitis B as a Participant and then as an Assistant Team Leader, she was inspired to found a local chapter of Team HBV at her high school. Her chapter raises awareness of Hepatitis B, which affects 1 in 12 Asian and Pacific Islanders, among Asian communities in Houston using outreach and social media. As president of the Cancer Awareness Club, she organized annual luncheons and held drives to create care packages for cancer patients. As the Youth Engagement Chair of a local American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee, she recruited volunteers and assisted in creating communities of support.

She is a winner of the 2016 Princeton Prize in Racial Relations for creating an online blog called "The Real Melting Pot" for Houston teenagers. After receiving the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship, a government grant sponsoring the study of critical languages, she spent the summer before senior year living there with a host family and taking Korean classes at Sookmyung Women's University (숙명여자대학교).

Her goals at Columbia Engineering include exploring New York, becoming a polyglot, being part of global health organizations, and finding the perfect brunch.