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Journal of Emerging Investigators: The Mirchandani Method

The Journal of Emerging Investigators gained the national spotlight for their continued encouragement of excellence through exploration thanks to the money-saving method discovered by Suvir Mirchandani that's brilliant and simple to place into effect practice. To save state and federal governing bodies up to millions of dollars per year, Mirchandani found that they simply need to change their main font from Times New Roman to Garamond. His findings were explained in A Simple Printing Solution to Aid Deficit Reduction published in The Journal of Emerging Investigators.

With an interest in the use of technology to create strategies for environmental sustainability, Mirchandani began his research while a sixth grade student at Dorseyville Middle School when he noticed in an increase in the amount handout assignments that he received, according to CNN. For his school's science fair, he decided to research more effective ways that his local school district could save money through better management of its paper and ink supplies. He came to the conclusion that a simple reduction in the amount of ink used to print would be more practical and cost-saving than limiting the amount of paper being used print. Mirchandani began to focus on ways to use less ink in the workplace by analyzing commonly used fonts and the amount of ink used to print each character of these fonts, he found that his local school district "could reduce its ink consumption by 24%, and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually, " by using Garamond as it's default font type, according to CNN.

Suvir Mirchandani is a true testament to the forward-thinking innovation that can occur in our nation if we heard everyone's well-thought out ideas, particularly those of our future - our youth. Indeed, the youth of our nation presently impacted by the decisions that we make now and their futures will structured upon those very same decisions. Thus, it is important that we take them and their views, thoughts, and ideals into consideration today. This is what Mirchandani's teacher Peter Pinko set out on a mission to do as he encouraged Suvir to continue his research beyond his science fair project. Mirchandani followed the guidance of his teacher and focused on on the amount of money that state and federal governments could save by using Garamond as their main font. Mirchandani found that the federal government could save "$136 million dollars per year, and an additional $234 million dollars per year could be saved if state governments did the same," according to CNN.

A brilliant proposal from one of our country's brightest minds, it is the epitome of fiscal responsibility. To read Suvir Mirchandani's research, please visit A Simple Printing Solution to Aid Deficit Reduction at EmergingInvestigators.org. To read more about Mirchandani's interview with CNN, please visit Madeleine Stix's "Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions" at CNN.com.