Grand Prize Winner – Olivia Hallisey – Google Science Fair 2015


I’m Olivia, I’m 17 and I live in Greenwich, Connecticut. My favorite things in the world are swimming
and science. My family loves science too, that’s probably where I get it from! My teacher encouraged us to watch the news
and see what was going on in the world. That’s how I became intrigued by the Ebola crisis…
Over 11,000 people died during the 2014 outbreak, which is shocking. I wanted to help and thought there must be
a faster way to diagnose the virus before an outbreak like this grew into an epidemic. So my goal was to create a simple, inexpensive diagnostic device for Ebola and transport it, without refrigeration. I started off by focusing on silk. I’d read about the scientific properties of silk and discovered that reagents become stabilized
when mixed with it. I spent ages planning, researching and trying different methods for making modified
silk films. Oh, and cutting up cocoons! I cut up a lot of cocoons. The results of my experiments were really
successful. I developed the Ebola Assay Card, a device that changes color when the virus has been detected. It requires no refrigeration for transportation and can confirm in under 30 minutes if someone is infected. I think imagination and optimism are important parts of innovation. Teenagers have that and so they try things that maybe adults think will fail. One day I hope to become a doctor and see firsthand how I can make a difference. And maybe now I’m one step closer.

46 Comments

  1. 함어진

    February 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Wow! This is really brilliant!

  2. ZAW HTET HAN

    February 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Congrats, Olivia…

  3. Krtin Nithiyanandam

    February 16, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Well done Olivia, you deserved it!

  4. Brian Yune

    February 17, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Nice Olivia 😀

  5. Abhishek Nigam

    February 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Congratulations Olivia, great work! It really is astounding how young people can come up with solutions to the biggest problems.

  6. sudhindra srinivas

    February 24, 2016 at 9:26 am

    What an intelligent young lady. Congratulations, Olivia! At 17, I was busy sampling french fries from all neighborhood eateries.

  7. Majid771

    February 26, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I have noticed that without trusting her and givinging her a chance from a local speciality lab otherwise she would not step ahead any further. well done, Olivia.

  8. Nehal Naqvi

    March 3, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Nice Job!

  9. Dumpy Death

    March 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Hey, great project! I have a question though, how did you test the device? Did you have a sample of the virus available with you? (seems unlikely)

  10. Instituto Patria Bosques

    April 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    We admire you're straight and courage, bravo!!!!

  11. Salvador Flores

    April 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    She looks like she uses internet explorer

  12. shaik imran immu

    May 2, 2016 at 2:32 am

    So we take human saliva as sample to test Ebola?
    I dont know ,please some explain me,what is needed to test?

  13. Pallabi Mohapatra

    May 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Olivia u really deserve many more. Congrats.

  14. Yekutiel ben Heshel

    August 16, 2016 at 4:19 am

    This is clearly a wonderful accomplishment, but why do bright young women in the West believe they must become professionals? Better this young woman should aspire to become a great wife and mother than a doctor. Men can become doctors, but they can't become mothers. Fathers are important, but only a mother can transform a house into a home and bind a family together.

  15. jaffer

    September 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Mentor College anyone?

  16. Andre Dubovskiy

    October 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    all those poor dead butterflies

  17. Dezzee Rascal

    December 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

    That's amazing. You are amazing. Big respect for you.

  18. Khushi Dani

    December 31, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    This is amazing

  19. QLF Peace n lovés

    September 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Wesh les mec

  20. Margaux Jolusiel

    September 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Bravo Olivia!

  21. Niki Ojoy

    January 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Hi guys. I'm in grade 8 and I'm preparing for my grade 9 thesis here in the Philippines. You see, here in the Philippines, consultants or just plain old help is hard to find. I would like to know if I can email someone to ask about my cardiovascular study, and if you have any recommendations? 🙂

  22. Master Block

    January 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Good job Olivia. But you made a great advertising for google. And google, what do google do ? Google just kill poor people who don't have any money to have internet in their computers (if they have computers). So good job, good job.

  23. Master Block

    January 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Merde de devoir d'anglais. Dédicace à tous ceux qui bossent aussi sur ça.

  24. INNOVATION & INITIATIVE Diy

    February 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    How they teener get such Scientific lab ??????

  25. Angie Babbou

    March 12, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    what's the musique ?

  26. David Schmidt

    April 27, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Makes me so proud to be an American! Go Olivia!

  27. Pramikha Kannan

    May 5, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Inspiring!

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  29. lady kay

    June 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

    wow

    how can i enter for the google science fair

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  31. Tarun Ramakrishnan

    September 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    that was amazing

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    September 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Finally someone who is not Indian in the playlist!!!!!

  33. Madeline Patch-Bradley

    September 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    you just gave me goosebumps. YOU ROCK OLIVIA!!!!!!

  34. JetLag

    October 6, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Qui est la pour le truc en anglais de 33 au collège Anita conti .

  35. Gianni 974

    October 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Amet art de regarder les commentaires

  36. Aman Phatak

    October 16, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Poor silkworms

    PETA is going to hate this

  37. John Walker

    October 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Olivia, you are the best!

  38. Barb Chrysler

    November 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    impressive

  39. Ashish Jangde

    January 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I wish I could be like you and hey I still congrat you !

  40. Dana Yerlan

    May 8, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Wow, She deserves it. Such a wise and pretty girl!

  41. AsSeenOnTV

    August 31, 2019 at 9:30 am

    The quick cutting editing with exaggerated sound effects is so fucking lame and outdated

  42. MANOOGAT

    September 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    salut les 3C

  43. Run X

    November 5, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Qui est la psk il a un devoir d’anglais sur ca

  44. Kimisaika

    November 14, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Wala jte respecte mais wala tfais chier car je dois faire un devoir sur ça 🤧👌

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