What AEOP program(s) did you participate in?
What are you doing now?
I am a rising 11th grade student at Foxcroft School. Since my experiences with eCybermission, I have done other research projects including the development of a nitrogen detecting bacteria as a biological alternative to traditional soil testing methods and a solution to the problem of space debris. I am currently working on a research project involving CRISPR/Cas9 technology, and I hope to finish within the next year. I was a member of my school’s iGEM team and Pre-Professional Health Honor Society. I am looking to continue research with biotechnology and study Biology in college.
What are the best things about the program(s) in which you participated?
I recieved 2nd place in the state of Virginia for my eCybermission project in which I spent months researching and creating a solution to agricultural runoff. eCybermission gave me an opportunity to be independent and innovative as all aspects of the project were dictated by me and my team. This sense of autonomy as well as the large scale of the project was something I had never experienced in an academic environment before, and it taught me many valuable lessons about work ethic and perseverance. The result was even more satisfying because of this. Additionally, the experience gave me the confidence to pursue more opportunities in the STEM field and has dictated my now STEM-heavy academic tract.
Why are you excited to be on the AEOP Alumni Leadership Council?
My experiences in AEOP have shaped me into the person I am today. By participating in an intensive scientific research project in middle school, I gained a sense of inventiveness, independence, work ethic and scientific curiosity which have been fundamental in making decisions regarding my future career. It also opened my eyes to the world of STEM– making a field that seemed so daunting and esoteric more approachable. I would love to help raise awareness about these wonderful opportunities, instill a love for STEM in others, and give recognition to exceptional students.