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Alma Adoue

Alma Adoue
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Alma Adoue attends Haynes Academy of Advanced Studies where she will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Adoue completed a research project in Ethanol Mediated Vitamin D Dysregulation in Human Pulmonary Epithelial Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill, Taylor Burns, research laboratory technician, and Eshani Rughani, graduate student. She wants to attend the University of Florida where she will major in either environmental science or dietetics.

“"I believe that the Emerging Scholars program has given me the skills and confidence to work competently in a laboratory setting and further pursue the sciences. I am profoundly grateful to have been given this opportunity learn from and work with such wonderful faculty, mentors, and classmates."”

Alicia Clark

Alicia Clark
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Alicia Clark attends John Ehret High School, where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Clark completed a research project in Ethanol Mediated Vitamin D Dysregulation in Human Pulmonary Epithelial Cells, with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill, Taylor Burns, research laboratory technician, and Eshani Rughani, graduate student. She wants to attend Xavier University where she will major in biology/pre-med. Clark wants to attend graduate school to pursue a career as an orthodontist upon completion of college.

“Naeem Calloway once said, “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take the step. “ “If this is so, then it’s possible that attending this program, was that step for me. The Emerging Scholars has taught me so many things I would have never known during this time of my life, if not given this opportunity.””

Jermaine Hill

Jermaine Hill
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Jermaine Hill attends Sophie B. Wright Charter High School where he will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Hill completed a research project in Naegleria Fowleri with the support and mentorship of Dr. Semendra Sherchan and Jennifer LaMori, undergraduate student. He wants to attend Loyola University where he will major in computer science. Hill wants to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a video game coder upon completion of college.

““I am very lucky and grateful for being a part of the Emerging Scholars. Not many high school students get to do this!””

Nameera Islam

Nameera Islam
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Nameera Islam attends Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies where she will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Islam completed a research project in Molecular Detection of Legionella, Mycobacteria and Naegleria Fowleri in drinking tap water with the support and mentorship of Dr. Semendra Sherchan and Kinjal Shah, graduate student. She wants to attend Tulane University and is undecided on a major. Islam wants to attend graduate school upon completion of college.

“"I enjoyed the hands on experience in the lab and also the field trips and documentaries that showed us different aspects of public health I had not considered before."”

Arden LeBlanc

Arden LeBlanc
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Arden LeBlanc attended Chalmette High School where he graduated in May, 2017. LeBlanc completed a research project in The Mutagenesis of Benzo[a]pyrene with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe and Rebecca Lichtler, doctoral student. He will attend Howard University where he will major in biology, with a concentration in anatomy and physiology. LeBlanc wants to pursue a graduate degree in prosthetics and orthotics upon completion of his undergraduate work.

““The Emerging Scholars Program has opened my eyes to a branch of science where amazingly passionate people can study details invisible to the naked eye and determine how those details can affect the entire human species. The program was informative and highly explanatory, but most of all, it was exciting. I am entirely grateful to have taken part in the program and highly recommend it to any interested scholars.””

Alexandra Maag

Alexandra Maag
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Alexandra Maag attended Chalmette High School where she graduated in May, 2017. Maag completed a research project in Microbial Source Tracking in New Orleans East with the support and mentorship of Dr. Semendra Sherchan and Kevin Caton, graduate student. She will attend Tulane University where she will major in bio-medical engineering for pre-med. Maag wants to pursue a medical degree upon completion of her undergraduate work.

““This program has allowed me to experience a wide variety of new things and learn plenty of new skills. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I learned to further help me in whatever I may pursue in the future.””

Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Taylor Miller attended International High School of New Orleans where she graduated in May, 2017. Miller completed a research project in Psychological Distress during Pregnancy with the support and mentorship of Dr. Maureen Lichtveld and Cecelia Alcala, doctoral student. She will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she will major in psychology, with a concentration in forensic psychology. Miller wants to pursue a master’s of law degree with a concentration in human rights law upon completion of her undergraduate work.

““This program has helped me gain more respect for environmental health and an understanding of how I affect the environment on a daily basis.””

Ricardo Salas

Ricardo Salas
Emerging Scholar — 2017

Ricardo Salas attends Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies where he will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Salas completed a research project in Occurrence and Persistence of Somatic Coliphages in a Subtropical Lake: Implications for Water Quality Monitoring with the support and mentorship of Dr. Tiong Aw and Emily Cooksey, graduate student. He wants to attend the University of Washington where he wants to pursue a pre-med track and major in biomedical engineering. Salas wants to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine to pursue a career as a cardiologist upon completion of college.

““Being a Tulane Emerging Scholar has brought me so many great experiences and memories. Working directly with incredible mentors has allowed me to learn so much about environmental science and public health. I will carry this knowledge with me through all of my college career and I can never be thankful enough for the great opportunities this program has offered me.””