Immersion Science Program Yearbook
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Merion Mercy Academy_____ University of Pennsylvania_____ ISP Project: BRACA2 Mutants and the effects of 5FU_____ I worked with the Testa lab at Fox Chase to help process and karyotype bone marrow samples in the cytogenetics facility and then worked as a lab assistant in the main lab doing bench work, cancer drug testing with mice, and mouse colony maintenance. I currently work in the Gilliland Lab at the Abrahamson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania with t-cells_____ Extracurriculars: Art Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Literary Bears book club,Image Explosion Literary Magazine, Rowing_____ My favorite holiday is National Bat Appreciation day. My favorite food is anything with MSG. I love PCR. And my favorite smell is cookies in the oven.
Council Rock High School North_____ University of Notre Dame_____ ISP Project: Determining the Potency of EGFR-Targeting Cancer Drugs in Fruit Flies_____ During the ISP, I tested the potency of different EGFR-targeting cancer drugs in fruit flies, which I did by examining the number of progeny produced and the mutations found in those progeny. Then, in Dr. Chernoff's lab under the supervision of Dr. Maria Radu, I performed an experiment cloning CDK16 in a pEGFP vector. Now, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, I am in the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) and am conducting a retrospective study on nerve block procedures in patients with headaches to determine how the use of different medications in nerve blocks affects the outcome of the procedure_____ Extracurriculars: Softball travel team high school varsity team captain, National Honor Society – president, Therapy dog handler, Volunteer in NICU at Memorial Hospital South Bend, Commissioner for “Hannah's House” a charity that helps struggling mothers, running - ran Holy Half marathon, piano, member of GlobeMed, RareND, Global Health Brigades, and Timmy Global Health (pre-med clubs at Notre Dame)_____ I taught myself how to juggle!
Kingsway Regional High School_____ Rutgers University New Brunswick_____ ISP Project: The Effect of EGFR Inhibiting Drug, Gefitinib, on Ovary Development_____ Summer 2013: CURE Student Scientist at the Ender's lab at FCCC. Project worked with familial colon cancer. I focused on immunofluorescence and analyzing data_____Summer 2015: Working in a lab at FCCC_____ Extracurriculars: Rutgers University Dance Marathon Captain, American Medical Students of America, Rutgers University Honors Ambassador, American Red Cross. In High School: Yearbook Editor, Student Council Exec Board_____ My favorite smell is the smell of a new book, If I had a pet turtle I would name him Squirt, My Favorite Holiday: New Year's, My Favorite Book: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
Souderton Area High School_____ University of Pennsylvania_____ Affects of 5-FU on Drosophila Melanogaster_____ Biomedical Research at Thomas Jefferson University-Summer of 2013_____Music Therapy Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center-Summer of 2015_____ Extracurriculars: Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Sales Associate at Fossil and J.Crew_____ Favorite Holiday: Halloween, Favorite Food: Pizza, Favorite Artists: Odesza, Sylvan Esso, Frank Ocean, Favorite Songs: Heads Will Roll, Sun Models, HKST, Favorite Stores: J.Crew, H&M, Zara, I spend my Friday nights dancing the night away!
North Penn_____ University of Pittsburgh_____ ISP Project: The Effects of Gefitinib on the EGFR and hedgehog pathways_____ I am at the Cukierman lab during my summer and winter breaks at FCCC where I investigated the role of the extracellular matrix and fibroblasts in nurturing a tumor promoting environment. I am also at the Roy lab in the bioengineering department here at Pitt where I am looking into profilin regulation of EMT induced cells_____ I like to golf and enjoy volunteering at UPMC and with Habitat for Humanity_____ Food- steak, Artist- flume, Turtle- Augustus
Germantown Friends School_____ ISP Project: The effects of alfalfa on global gene expression in drosophila_____ I am currently working on a research project in my advanced biology class, examining the relationship between the three subgroups of mammals, prototheria, metatheria, and eutheria_____ Right now I am working in an after school program called Breakthrough as a middle school teacher. I am teaching social studies, and currently we are looking at civil rights. I am also on the track team at my school as a sprinter. I also am teaching an environmental class to second graders at my school, Germantown Friends School, to help them in becoming more environmentally conscious_____ If I had a pet turtle I would name it Shelley. My favorite dessert is ice cream cake. My favorite book is Song of Solomon. I basically only wear sneakers, but I'll wear any brand. My ideal breakfast is chocolate chip pancakes with syrup (breakfast is my favorite meal).
Souderton Area High School_____ Lehigh University_____ ISP Project: The Effect of Natural Dietary Supplement Rutin on Drosophila melanogaster Development_____ Summer 2014: Kruger Lab - determined metabolic profile of several human renal cancer cell lines and the effect of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on cancer cell growth and cell metabolism. Current: O’Reilly Lab – continued research on rutin_____ Extracurriculars: President of Souderton Leo Service Club, President of VEX Robotics Club, SeaPerch Robotics Club, National Honor Society Member, SAVE Environmental Organization, Academic Challenge Varsity Team, Orchestra (oboe, violin, English horn), Delaware Valley Science Fair, PA BioGENEius Challenge, PA Junior Academy of Science_____ I have a girl cat named fred, 5 bearded dragons, and a somewhat free-range gecko.
Merion Mercy Academy_____ University of Pennsylvania_____ ISP Project: Screening Potential Therapeutic Drugs for Changes to Egg Morphology and Dorsal Appendages_____ Extracurriculars: Student Council, Glee Club, Chorale, A Capella, Piano, Ricordia (school newspaper), Mathletes, Alice Club (computer programming), Philabundance_____ My favorite smell is vanilla extract (don't be fooled- it tastes disgusting!). My favorite book is "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", written by Lisa See. If I had a pet turtle I would name it "Sheldon" ("Shelly" for short) after Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory.
Neshaminy High School_____ Ursinus College_____ ISP Project: Does Pantothenic Acid cause ovarian cells to die?_____Summer of 2014 along with this current summer (2015) I have been working in Dr. Stephen Sykes lab alongside one of his post-docs from Italy, Daniela DiMarcantonio. Dr. Sykes' lab focuses on figuring out the molecular abnormalities in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, AML. Currently, under Daniela's work, we are observing the role of down modulating Protein Kinase C epsilon in AML cells_____ Extracurriculars: In high school my main extracurricular activities were travel soccer, JV and varsity basketball, science club, volunteering at my local hospital, and tutoring at Kumon. I carried my passion for volunteering to college where I am currently a Bonner Leader. I currently volunteer about 10 hours a week with various Latin American non-profit organizations mainly tutoring. I am also part of the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students_____ My favorite holiday is Christmas because I like giving & receiving gifts. If I had a pet turtle I would name him Squirt! My favorite book is I Am Malala. "
Garnet Valley High School_____ Princeton University_____ ISP Project: The Effect of Olive Leaf Extract on Drosophila melanogaster Ovarian Morphology_____ Summer 2014: Internship at Drexel University Biochemistry Department in the Todd Strochlic Lab. Aided in the creation and screen of Drosophila lines to identify certain proteins (kinases) that may play a role oogenesis_____ Extracurriculars: Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands (Drum Major), President of Future Medical and Science Professionals Club, President of Annenberg Science Symposium Team, Science Olympiad, Student Council, Interact, Rotary Club_____ Favorite Holiday: Christmas! Favorite Protocol: Ovary Dissections!
Penncrest High School_____ Drexel University-Pennoni Honors College_____ ISP Project: The Effects of Bitter Orange on the Developing Drosophila Melanogaster_____ I was just accepted to the STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars program at Drexel. This is a program where students are paid to conduct research during the summer after their freshman year. Though it's not definite yet, I'd like to do some sort of clinical research project_____ I was a swimmer and played the oboe in high school, and I was also the president of the medical scholars club. Now, I'm on the women's crew team at Drexel, and I also volunteer in the NICU at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children_____ My favorite holiday is Christmas Eve. My favorite book is ""The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I spend my Friday nights painting and watching 80's movies_____ I'm majoring in health sciences and I'm also in an accelerated physician assistant program. In addition, I recently decided to add a minor in nutrition-my interest in which was sparked during ISP! ISP really got me thinking about the efficacy and side effects of supplementation, and opened my eyes to the field of nutrition. I hope to conduct more research regarding supplements in the future.
Germantown Academy_____ The College of William and Mary ISP Project: Sonic Hedgehog: The effects of two herbal supplements on the Hedgehog signaling pathway in Drosophila melanogaster_____ Summer 2014 and Summer 2015 (upcoming plans) working in Zeng-jie Yang's lab at FCCC. The focus of the lab is medulloblastoma initiation and progression mechanisms_____ Extracurriculars: Volleyball, Track and Field_____ My ideal breakfast is two pancakes, one chocolate chip and the other blueberry, a cup of coffee and a banana, all eaten outside on a sunny day.
Spring-Ford High School_____ Penn State, University Park_____ ISP Project: Element 34, Brains, and Why You Should Care_____ Working with a few of my classmates, I developed a mathematical model which projected the cost of attending a college for Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Although we didn't make it to the top six, we placed in the top 15% of all papers_____I'm a total space nerd, so lately I've been involved in astrophotography. Whenever its not too cloudy / cold, I'll set up my telescope and take some photos of the night sky_____My idea breakfast is waking up at noon and eating lunch. Favorite books are anything by Richard Feynman (the guy is / was a total genius). My music taste is weirdly eclectic, and any attempts to list them all would be a difficult task.
Wissahickon High School_____ ISP Project: Resveratrol and the p53 mutant in the Drosophila model_____ Extracurriculars: Wissahickon Girls’ Varsity Tennis, Features Editor of “Trojan Times,” Wissahickon High School Newspaper.- Member of Wissahickon High School Robotics Team: Miss Daisy 341 - Member of Delaware Valley Deutschfest - Member of Science Club, Wissahickon High School- Member of Horsham Library “Reading with Friends” program- Member of 10th Grade Committee- Member of Wissahickon High School Quizbowl Team and Math Club_____ I love all different kinds of food and I like to experience foods of various cultures. My favorite dessert is chocolate cake and my ideal breakfast would consist of a spinach and mushroom omelet with potatoes on the side and a bowl of oatmeal. - I mostly spend my Friday night doing homework or watching a movie.- My favorite holiday is Christmas/New Years' Eve because of winter break and because my birthday is right after New Years'. - My favorite protocol is making fly food and sorting flies into the correct vials.- My favorite shoe brand is Dr. Martens, because I love the quality, texture, and feel of their boots
ISP Project: Effects of Vitamin E on Hedghog Signaling Pathways_____ UPenn Research in Testicular and Prostate Cancer during the summer of 2014, focusing mostly on treatment methods and decreasing cases of depression in cancer patients_____ Extracurriculars: Science Olympiad, Science Presenter at the Franklin Institute, Latin Club, Church Youth Group, Class Cabinet_____ Favorite protocol: Washing and dyeing the dissected wing disks. My favorite smell is the smell of home depot_____ Relatively clumsy-well known outside of the lab for my dingus-y catch phrases (e.g. ""True chains"", ""nuggets"" ""flippity flip"")-was originally wanting to major in Chemical Engineering, but my time at Immersion has made me consider Biomedical Engineering
Neshaminy High School_____ Drexel University_____ ISP Project: Poking Fun at Embryos (get it? 'cause wound healing, lol)_____ Extracurriculars: Founder and President of the NETwork, Captain of the Neshaminy Swim Team, Howler Literary Magazine Contributor, Volunteer at St. Mary's Medical Hospital, Camp Counselor at Vacation Bible School_____ My ideal dinner is breakfast. I enjoy listening to music, eating ice cream and sleeping. (and I make very bad jokes, lol). I was selected to be in the Penn Summer Science Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania and the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Drexel University.
Central Bucks High School South_____ ISP Project: Targeting the EGFR pathway in Fruit Flies_____ Community Service: Key Club, O.E.G, Anonymous Aid, Pathetic Attempts at Soccer and Track_____ Favorite holiday: Last Day of School. Favorite food: Well-Done Steak, thats right. Well Done. Favorite protocol: Western Blotts. I spend my Friday night's doing absolutely nothing. If i had a pet turtle I would name it Kevin. Favorite Dessert: Deep Fried Butter. Favorite Book: The Devil and His Boy/Hatchet. Favorite Shoe Brand: Guys have these? Ideal Breakfeast: A lot of bacon.
Archbishop Wood High School_____ University of Scranton_____ ISP Project: That's the Way the Filaments Form_____ Extracurriculars: MiniTHON Board Member, Kairos Religious Retreat Leader, Community Service Corps, Health Occupations Students of America, Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation(Community Service Group)_____ If I had a pet turtle I would name him Crush, clearly, he was the best character in Finding Nemo after all. Plus we would greet each other with ""Fin, Noggin, Duuude""I used to spend my Friday nights patiently waiting for Saturday morning to arrive so I could be back in the lab with the flies. Now, I spend it either watching Power Rangers or playing video games with friends. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. Really any kind, I'm not picky with delicious food.
William Tennent High School_____ ISP Project: Effects of Vitamin E and Chromium on Ovaries______ Extracurriculars: 4 years varsity for cross country, swimming, and track, Key club chair, NHS member, Mu Alpha Theta member_____ If I had a pet turtle I would name her Lily. My favorite dessert is mint chocolate chip icecream. Favorite music: anything by Justin Timberlake or Maroon 5. My favorite smell is coconut lime.
Lower Moreland High School_____ ISP Project: Death by Garcinia?_____ Extracurriculars: Band (school and community) Mock trial, Notes of Hope benefit concert, Pit orchestra, Tennis team_____ Favorite holiday: New Years! My favorite book series are Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire. My favorite smell is the inside of a St. Petersburg subway station.
Upper Dublin High School_____ ISP Project: Integrin Mutants Treated with Vitamin C_____ At school I am involved in soccer and track. I work at a retirement home called Gwynedd Estates as a waitress. I also volunteer with a program called TOP soccer where I help disabled children play soccer!_____ My favorite food is macaroni and cheese! I have a pet dog named Lilah, and I love performing ovary dissections on fruit flies!
Central High School_____ ISP Project: Is it hot in here?_____ I am currently creating a Biology unit for a hypothetical freshmen class so that they understand the process of gene transfer and how genetically modified organisms can lead to cancer. As well as an introduction to the vast study of cancer itself_____ Extracurricular: VEGHEADS, choir, fellowship of Christian students club, Ordered Steps step team, Relaxation_____ Favorite protocol: ovary dissection, favorite artist: Demi Lovato, favorite accessories: watch and bowtie, Favorite hero: Thor, I enjoy gaming for hours. My favorite book is Twilight because who wouldn't want to date a vampire. An inspiring quote is ""Faith Can Move Mountains".
Council Rock South_____ ISP Project: Effect of Garlic on Rolled 1 mutant_____ I participate in cross country (my favorite sport) and spring track (events: 800m and the mile). I am the co -president of our school's AIDS awareness club. I am in English honor society and science honor society and Vice President of social studies honor society (this one requires the most service hours). I also love yoga!_____ My favorite foods include pasta, edamame, fish tacos, and apples and peanut butter. My favorite protocol is dissecting third instar larvae and taking out their intestines. I usually spend my Friday nights babysitting or hanging out with my twin siblings and our two best friends. My favorite smell is either cinnamon or the beach and my favorite dessert is anything involving chocolate_____ I learned not to drink a giant mug of coffee before dissecting larvae □.
Garnet Valley High School_____ ISP Project: Effects of Garcinia on the Polycomb_____ Extracurriculars: Debate Team, Model UN, Robotics_____ 1. My favorite song is favorite song by chance the rapper_____ 2. I spend my friday nights partying and being awesome (AKA studying for AP classes)_____ 3. If I had a pet turtles I would name them Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo.
Episcopal Academy_____ ISP Project: Tumors "drop like flies" due to the effects of Vitamin E_____ Extracurriculars: - Episcopal Varsity Girls Squash - Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science - Episcopal Scholium Newspaper - Episcopal Girls Track - Episcopal Community Connections_____ My favorite bands include Passion Pit, the 1975 (s/o Angela), Joyce Manor, Miniature Tigers. My ideal breakfast is french toast w/ fresh strawberries all the way. If I had a pet turtle I would name it Speedy. My favorite dessert is any form of chocolate ever. My favorite smell is lemon/citrus scents.
Allentown High School_____ ISP Project: Affects of Green Tea on Cancer_____ Extracurriculars: Varsity Field Hockey, Acapella singing group, LOTS of community service, National Honor Society, Winter Musical_____ Favorite holiday: St Patrick's day. If I had a pet turtle I would name it Squirt (I actually want a pet turtle). Favorite shoe brand: vans. My favorite dessert is icecream, and working at an icecream shop is probably the best thing that could have happened to me !
Bensalem High School_____ ISP Project: The effect of quercetin on wild and Nej mutant Drosophila flies_____ Extracurriculars: - Band (clarinet) - National Honor Society - Reading Olympics - Volunteer at St. Mary's hospital - Actively crochet at St. Mary's Healing Environments Program (make handmade items of comfort for the patients) - Science Olympiad_____ Favorite food: Pani Puri (Indian specialty)- Hobbies: Crocheting, listening to music, and singing, learning about the world - Favorite smell: The smell of the Earth ground during a rainy day or a monsoon - Favorite flowers: roses, tulips, and orchids_____ I love to spell! Back in 8th grade, I participated in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee (which is every speller's dream)! I competed against all of the participants from the U.S. plus other countries like Jamaica, Canada, China, New Zealand, and many more.