Every year, Chegg.org awards one exceptional student who has significantly impacted learning, and the lives of their peers or society as a whole. For the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2022, two UAE students were included in the top 50 – Amiteash Paul (19) and Maya Bridgman (17.)
Originally from Kolkata, India, Amiteash Paul studies biology at the New York University Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Maya Bridgman studies at the Dubai College in Al Sufouh. Both students were shortlisted from approximately 7000 nominations from 150 countries.
The winner of the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2022 is to receive a $100,000 prize. The Varkey Foundation and Chegg.com partnered to establish this award to recognise the efforts of exceptional students worldwide. The eligibility criteria for the prize include:
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The program also allows part-time students and those enrolled in online courses to apply for the prize.
Amiteash Paul's contributions to solving environmental problems using scientific methods and his efforts to promote waste segregation, recycling practices and adoption of more sustainable methods amongst his peers are pretty admirable. He has also won the DEWA-KHDA Conservation Award for helping his school conserve energy and water. Paul also conducts regular campaigns to change people’s attitudes towards people with disabilities.
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Maya Bridgman has established the Dubai AI Society to make computer science, AI and machine learning accessible to all students, regardless of age, race, gender, location, etc. What started with a few students has now snowballed to include over 600 students from several continents. Maya has also collaborated with the UAE Ministry of AI to introduce AI workshops to schools across Dubai. She is also a regular speaker at Model Congress and Model United Nations conferences.