Chemistry Undergrad Sara Volz Named One of 25 Stars Under 25 by Improper Bostonian

Danielle Randall
August 11, 2016

Chemistry Senior Sara Volz was recently featured in the Improper Bostonian's 25 Stars Under 25, an article that served to profile "the city [of Boston's] next generation of all-stars". As part of Improper Bostonian's 25th anniversary celebration, the publication "opted to look forward, not backward, and spotlight 25 local talents age 25 and under, from homegrown hotshots to overachievers lured by our stellar schools and sports teams."

From the Improper Bostonian:

Plenty of teenagers make use of the space underneath their mattresses—usually to stash away a week’s worth of dirty laundry. But that’s where Sara Volz built a laboratory to study algae as a sustainable fuel source. That homegrown project led to her winning the Intel Science Talent Search in 2013 and earned her a shoutout from President Obama at the White House Science Fair. “Even now, three years later, I can still barely believe that happened,” she says. Now, the MIT senior is at work on genome engineering technology CRISPR, and this year, in between her usual load of coursework, extracurricular painting and performing with a capella group the Centrifugues, Volz is set on applying to biochemistry and biophysics grad programs. Says the 21-year-old aspiring professor: “Science isn’t boring or the tedious memorizing of facts; it’s the process of trying to figure out the world around us, asking a testable question and finding more questions.”


image via The Improper Bostonian