Elif Bilgin

is a 16 year old high school student from Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently participating in the ongoing Google Science Fair competition with her project about making plastic out of discarded banana peels. She has won the special award funded by Scientific American named “The Science in Action Prize” and also the Google’s “Inspired Idea Award” which was given to her as a result of a public voting which was cast during the month of August, 2013.
She started her project 2 years ago in a school for gifted children in Turkey, of which she has been a student for 6 years. Her project has drawn the attention of many people from media to politics, due to its easily applicable nature. Apart from her passion for science, Elif is also interested in volleyball and has been playing for the last 8 years. She is the captain of her league team in Istanbul