"Academic history? What on Earth is that?" My academic history is all of the impossible stuff I have managed to shove into my head through school and other educational opportunities. Here you can find all of my FWRSEF work, Duke TIP studies, year at Ashwicke Hall School,and any other notable things I have done both in and out of school.
EA Young Academy
E.A. Young Academy is an accredited, not-for-profit, private academy located in North Richland Hills, Texas. Specializing in gifted and talented education, the school places a large emphasis on project-based and individual-lead learning.
Here are some of the most notable things I've done at EA Young:
Fort Worth Regional Science Fair-
One of the most stressful events of my academic career was the Fort Worth Science and Engineering Fair. The process of developing a research project, conducting it, and collecting meaningful results all in the span of a few months can be very challenging. During the 2015-2016 school year, I decided to develop my project around genetic modification. Utilizing electrophoresis, I attempted to identify a protein difference between genetically modified corn and non-genetically modified corn. My research was done in the hopes to find a way to isolate, identify and remove genetically modified materials from contaminated organic crops.
Honors Research and Statistics-
One of the brilliant things about EA Young is the amount of focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies. My knowledge of the research process, as well as statistical analysis, has improved significantly. The ability to identify qualitative and quantitative research, understand how to write an abstract, and statistically analyze a set of results has been monumental for me. In addition, I have also been pursuing a project in the field of psychology, specifically moral development, and am currently pending IRB (institutional review board) approval. I aim to gain valuable information on moral perception, specifically pertaining to religion, in children ages 8-12. By actively engaging in the research process I have gained first hand experience and explored a topic that I find intriguing.
AP Seminar -
AP Seminar is one of the most challenging courses EA Young has to offer. It is one of the two AP classes that are mandatory in order to receive the AP Capstone Diploma. The course is compromised of two papers, both written in a scholarly style with a word count over 1,000, and two presentations, one with a group and one as an individual. The common theme that I addressed in my projects was the current conflict between the disability community and contemporary environmentalists. You can download my final papers below.
Score Achieved: 5
AP Calculus AB-
Junior year I had the ability to take AP Calculus. It was an extremely interesting course that did the very unique job of creating a holistic understanding of mathematics. I enjoyed exploring derivative and integrals while connecting my algebra, trigonometry, and geometry knowledge. I took the course specifically for college admissions and credit, especially as I want to go into biological or medical research as a career.
Score Achieved: 4
This year promises to be very challenging and rewarding. I am currently taking AP Chemistry, AP Research, AP Calculus BC, US History, and English Literature and Composition. Through AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC, I am excited to expand upon the knowledge I gained in AP Biology and AP Calculus AB. The feeling of learning and connecting concepts is something I have always loved. In research, I will be working with the University of Texas at Arlington to investigate the primary wound healing mechanism impacted by boric acid.
Research in the Biological Sciences @ UChicago
During the summer of 2019, I successfully pursued a placement in the University of Chicago’s Research in the Biological Sciences program. The program allowed me to gain experience with techniques including RNAi, CRISPR, DNA amplification and sequencing, and fluorescence microscopy. Further, at the end of the course, I conducted a research project examining the effects of boric acid on
PTK2 epithelial cell line wounds. Alongside two other students, I investigated whether boric acid accelerates the wound healing process via cell proliferation or migration. We also sought to determine if the compound possesses the ability to prevent DNA double stranded breaks in cells placed under oxidative stress, as has been suggested by previous studies. The experience both deepened my love for science and provided me with time in a professional lab environment.
"Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is dedicated to being a global leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of their optimal educational potential. Programs for students, families, and educators will be of such excellence that they will become models for the education of academically talented students worldwide." - Duke TIP
what has TIP done for me?
TIP has been such an amazing experience for me. For four summers, I was very fortunate to be able to don their bright green lanyard and improve both academically and socially. Through challenging courses and a unique social experience, I learned to love new subjects and new people. I never knew how much philosophy intersected with science, or how much speculative fiction connected with human morality and culture until I stepped foot in a summer studies program.
This past school year I was able to attend a boarding school in Southwest England. I had the privilege of being exposed to a variety of different cultures and people. It was a very unique experience as I was the only American and one of a few students not from the Middle East. I learned as much from AP Biology as I did from my friends, from bits and pieces of Arabic to cultural experiences like Ramadan. I'll always miss the brilliant people I grew to know as a second family. Aside from the cultural part of my time at Ashwicke, I had a very
very strong academic year as well. I studied AP Biology, AP European History, AP Language and Composition, AP Human Geography, IGCSE Maths, and IGCSE Art. I ultimately achieved 5s in AP Biology, AP European History, and AP Language and Composition, alongside an A in IGCSE Maths. It was extremely intense, taking the course load I did, but I learned that with a good work ethic and an intense desire to succeed you can do what seems impossible.