What AEOP program(s) did you participate in?
Gains in the Education of Math and Science (GEMS), Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
What are you doing now?
I’m a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria, VA. I am a committed student researcher in the areas of virology, neuroscience and CRISPR technology. I would like to become a neurosurgeon some day in the near future!
What are the best things about the program(s) in which you participated?
The best thing about GEMS is the interactive nature of the lessons. I was able to learn and explore STEM with other middle and high school kids of my age at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), an Army Research lab. It was a great experience learning how to work with a group and solve different problems. The speakers at GEMS were so passionate and their stores were so compelling that my love for STEM grew exponentially the very first week. The student teachers were wonderful and they engaged very well with all the students from day one. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and one of my very best early STEM experiences in my life.
Why are you excited to be on the AEOP Alumni Leadership Council?
I am the founder of The Future Brighter, a non-profit organization focused on early STEM education. In many ways, the mission of me, my organization and AEOP are very much aligned. Being part of the AEOP Alumni Leadership Council gives me the exciting opportunity to share my experience with others and to make an impact on other children and young adults aspiring to pursue a career in STEM!