Hansuja Chandra

High school student, National Hill View Public School, India

And - Space enthusiast. Chosen for Global STEM Scholars Program by New York Academy of Sciences


If you can dream it, you can do it.

What do you do?

I am currently studying in 11th Standard in the science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology) and am an aerospace enthusiast.

I want to go on a space mission one day and am working hard towards that direction: at the age of 10, I completed the High School Program of Summer School of Astronomy, M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore; in 2017 I completed a Space Launch Summer Program with Indian Space Research Organization; and at 15 was the youngest chosen participant for an International Space Conference - Asia Pacific Space Generation Workshop.

Why did you choose this field?

As a child, when I was about 3 or 4 years old I had radium stickers of the solar planets pasted on the ceiling in my room. Looking at all those bright stars, I knew I one day wanted to go to space.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I never knew I could race cars. If someone had told me a year ago I would be able to drive a Formula 4 car I wouldn’t have believed them. I wish I could go back and tell the younger me to start out on a go karting track sooner. I currently race in LGB India National Formula 4 Segment.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Science has the power to make a difference in the lives of millions. I want to have this power and that's why I want a career in STEM.

Best advice for next generation?

Never stop dreaming. Don’t believe others' words that your dreams are too big. If you can dream it, you can do it.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

My dream is to be like Kalpana Chawla - a female astronaut of Indian origin.

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