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Trinity Barnes

Trinity Barnes
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Trinity Barnes attends John F. Kennedy High School where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Barnes completed a research project in toxicology about Ethanol Mediated Antimicrobial Peptide Cathelicidin- LL-37 Perturbation in Pulmonary Epithelial Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill and doctoral student, Phanuwat Sriyotha . She wants to attend Georgetown University where she will major in biology. Barnes wants to attend the Louisiana State University Veterinary school to pursue a career in animal care upon completion of college.

“Coming from a young, inexperienced girl who was raised in the public school system, I can truly say that this program changed my view of science on the whole. Scientist are commonly viewed as nerdy men who spend their days dealing with their serious work in the lab. But here in the Emerging Scholars program, I learned that we are all scientists no matter the color of our skin, gender, or whether we do lab work or not. The diverse environment of this program has given me the hope that I needed to further my career in science.”

Ivy Do

Ivy Do
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Ivy Do attended Benjamin Franklin High School where she graduated in May, 2018. Do completed a research project in Psychosocial Distress on Pregnant Women with the support and mentorship of Dr. Maureen Lichtveld and doctoral student, Lissa Soares. She will attend Illinois Wesleyan University where she will major in international Studies, with a concentration in Asian studies, while aligned on a pre-med track. She also plans to minor in statistics. Upon completion of her undergraduate work, Do wants to attend medical school where she will determine the branch of medicine she hopes to pursue. In the future, Do will utilize her undergraduate studies to break language barriers while providing healthcare and aid to those in need, locally and globally.

“This program not only gave me a background into public health and environmental science, but it also introduced me to collaborative study, where people from different levels of education come together to make breakthroughs, conclude results, and share their findings. Being successful in research isn’t about who did the most work, but who was able to reach out and ask for help.”

Jamocha Heno

Jamocha Heno
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Jamocha Heno attends John F. Kennedy High School where she will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Heno completed a research project in Measuring Chemically Induced Mutation with the support and mentorship of Dr. Mark Wilson. She wants to attend Spelman College where she will major in psychology. Heno wants to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to pursue a career as a psychiatrist upon completion of college.

“Before I joined the program, I was very skeptical because I never was into science that much. Although, being in this program made me change my mind a lot about the subject and showed me that there is so much more to the subject.”

Akhilesh Kasula

Akhilesh Kasula
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Akhilesh Kasula attends Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, where he will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Kasula completed a research project in Disaster Resilience of Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) with the support and mentorship of Dr. Stephen Murphy and doctoral student, Cecilia Alcala. Kasula wants to attend college in California, Texas, or Louisiana, where he will major in Biomedical Engineering. Kasula hopes to pursue a medical degree specializing as an anesthesiologist or orthopedist upon completion of his undergraduate work.

“This program has given me tons of insight into the field of environmental health. The program exposed me to various fields of environmental health science through different rotations and field trips. There were a few rotations which showed me that scientists are not only in a lab doing lab work but that they can be in the computer lab doing data analysis.”

Meagan Kelly

Meagan Kelly
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Meagan Kelly attends Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies where she will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Kelly completed a research project in Toxicological Properties and Transcriptional Responses to Specific Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Crude Oil in HepG2 Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Charles Miller and doctoral student, Ahmad Alqassim. In college, she will major in biomedical engineering or neuroscience. Kelly wants to attend medical school to pursue a career as a doctor or surgeon upon completion of college.

“From field trips to research in the lab, my experiences this summer have greatly improved my scientific skills and knowledge concerning public health . I am very grateful for the amazing faculty and mentors that have taught me and made the program fun and engaging. I am also thankful for the many memories and experiences that I have gained throughout this program that will last a lifetime.”

Jaelynn Maldoinado

Jaelynn Maldoinado
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Jaelynn Maldonado attends Lusher Charter School where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Maldonado completed a research project in toxicology based on DNA Stress and Damage from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe and doctoral student, Rebecca Lichtler. She wants to attend Spelman College where she will major in biology and double minor in spanish and psychology. Maldonado wants to attend Morehouse School of Medicine to pursue a career as a primary care physician upon completion of college.

“I have learned a tremendous amount, especially from the help of my amazing mentors and our field trip instructors. I came to the Academy already in love with the world of science, and I know that that bond will definitely be deepened by the time the program is complete. I know that this program is one of the key steps that will shape me into becoming an influential African American female scientist of our future.”

Rangasri Narayanamoorthy

Rangasri Narayanamoorthy
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Rangasri Narayanamoorthy attends Benjamin Franklin High School where she will be in the 11th Grade this upcoming school year. Narayanamoorthy completed a research project in Presence of Bacteria as a Product of Ozonation in the Audubon Aquarium with the support and mentorship of Dr. Samendra Sherchan and graduate student, Collin Potter. She wants to attend The University of Pennsylvania where she will major in economics and environmental studies. Narayanamoorthy wants to attend an MBA program to pursue a career in finance upon completion of college.

“This program was an invaluable hands-on experience in the field of public health. My mentor and faculty advisor were truly a resource throughout these weeks and I am so grateful for their guidance and encouragement throughout the process. I learned a great deal, and I can only hope this program continues to offer the same insight and knowledge to future scholars.”

Talon Washington

Talon Washington
Emerging Scholar — 2018

Talon Washington graduated from New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. Washington completed a research project in toxicology on Oxidative Stress from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe. Washington will attend the University of New Orleans, where she will major in biological sciences. Washington hopes to pursue a medical degree specializing as a pathologist upon completion of her undergraduate work.

“This program has not only made me more aware of our environment and public health system, but taught me how we can improve on it. I also learned that not all chemicals are harmful, just the ones we oxidate.”