St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) -- A Mayo High School senior has been selected as a winner in the fourth annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards.

Neehar Banerjee will be recognized with the prestigious honor during an event in the Twin Cities next month. There are a total of 15 winners and 15 runners up this year.

The Advance IT Minnesota program awards Minnesota high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests in hopes of encouraging young women to pursue careers in technology.

A news release issued Monday by Advance IT Minnesota describes Banerjee is an academic standout at Mayo High School who taught herself the Python and C++ computer languages in the 8th grade so she could develop a more efficient automatics regular system. She is a National AP Scholar, and Intel STS Semifinalist, a Coca Cola Scholar Regional Finalist, a Davidson Young Scholar and a two-time GENIUS International Science Olympiad Silver Medalist. As a 2015 Research Science Institute Scholar, Neehar conducted research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where she learned MATLAB in one month.

In the future, she hopes to major in computer science and pursue a career in the field.

Advance IT Minnesota is operated by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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