Dahlia Isabella Bolt

  • B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Global Challenge: Clean water and sustainable crops

I am not conventional; I am a bisexual, autistic southerner who dreams of changing the way we use plants for food, medicine, and so much more.


I was raised in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and have spent my life working to redefine farming in the area. I am majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering, but I see myself more as a botanical engineer. I have won several regional awards, a national award, and several grants for my research in plant sciences. I have worked with local middle schools to encourage students to learn more about urban farming. I also taught students how to use laboratory equipment to prepare them for future education in science. I also was on the security council in the Southern High School Model United Nations, but I won the title of an honorable delegate when in the United Nations Environment Programme. I have found that there is an intersection between politics and plant sciences! In addition to my plant science and political passions, I speak French, bake, and write science fiction/fantasy. Also, needless to say, I spent a lot of time outside!