Laalitya has always had a love for Coca-Cola - in fact she attributes her love of STEM to an experience with Coca-Cola. When she was younger, she had decided that she would recreate the recipe of Coca-Cola herself. Through this experiment and its consequent failures, she fell in love with science and decided to pursue it throughout the rest of her life.
Now, to pull things in full circle, she has been named as a Coca-Cola Scholar for her work in water research and education. She is incredibly excited for the opportunity to join such an amazing and diverse group! In order to further her college education, she also received a $20,000 scholarship which will allow her to continue her work. She will be attending the annual leadership summit in the fall, and is already networking with her fellow scholars (as well as alumni) to learn more about the Coke Scholar's program and to officially join the family!