“I’ve done a lot of racial equity work in my community; I’ve been a guest speaker at several conferences. So when I was presented with this opportunity to do research, I couldn’t help but go at it with an equity lens.”

– high schooler Dasia Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Dasia Taylor saw that infection-detecting “smart” sutures that relied on smartphones and internet access are not accessible to many people in developing countries. So she spent nearly two years researching and testing. She used beets, which change color at certain PH points, to find a more equitable solution for helping people detect a surgical-site infection as early as possible.