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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Regretfully, the Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Academy is on hiatus for 2019 while we search for additional funding to support the program. 

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Ahmad Abughazleh

Ahmad Abughazleh
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Ahmad Abughazleh attends Haynes Academy of Advanced Studies where he will be a senior this upcoming school year. Ahmad completed a research project in regards to Vitamin D Levels in Ethanol Exposed Pulmonary Epithelial Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill and Olelaken Ogunsakin, PhD Candidate. He wants to either attend Georgia Institute of Technology where he will major in civil engineering or attend Tulane University where he will major in biology. Ahmad wants to become either a civil engineer or a medical doctor.

“The Emerging Scholars program has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have learned an abundant amount of information on the environment, public health, and what it feels like to be a researcher. This is exactly what I signed up for, and I hope that future scholars will feel the same way about this program as me. This has been an unbelievable experience that I won't ever forget.”

Rodney Carey, Jr.

Rodney Carey, Jr.
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Rodney Carey, Jr. attends Eleanor McMain Secondary School where he will be a senior this upcoming school year. Rodney completed a research project in The Potential Relationship between Telomere Length, Smoking Behavior, and Heavy Metal Exposure in Women Affected by the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe and Braelin Carter, graduate student. He will attend the University of California, Los Angeles where he will major in biochemistry. Rodney wants to pursue a career as an enzymologist.

“I am very elated to be a part of this Academy. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such great people by doing something that can benefit the greater good of public health.”

Terrill Dew, Jr.

Terrill Dew, Jr.
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Terrill Dew attends Joseph S. Clark High School where he will be a senior this upcoming school year. He completed a research project on Cathelicidin/LL37 Levels in Ethanol Exposed Pulmonary Epithelial Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill and Henri Hottor, laboratory technician. Terrill has not decided on which college he would like to attend, but the University of Georgia is his top choice. Terrill wants to major in botany and pursue a career as botanist.

“In the face of adversity, a brain is the strongest muscle you can have.”

Yasmin Eriksson

Yasmin Eriksson
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Yasmin Eriksson attends Benjamin Franklin High School where she will be a senior this upcoming school year. Yasmin worked on a project researching Plate-based Methods to Detect Menadione-induced Oxidative Stress in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells with the support of her mentor Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe. She would like to attend Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, or Tulane University where she will major in chemistry along with political science. Yasmin is not really sure what career she wants to pursue but is interested in being either an engineer, lawyer, or going into a governmental position.

“Emerging Scholars has been an incredibly fun experience that has had a huge impact on me. From meeting young people who are as interested in science as me to learning more than anyone could in a typical classroom setting from brilliant mentors, this program has opened my mind to all the scientific field has to offer.”

Ahmad Hamed

Ahmad Hamed
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Ahmad Hamed attends Helen Cox High School where he will be a senior this upcoming school year. Ahmad completed a research project in Silica Analysis by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS) with the support and mentorship of Dr. Roy Rando and Dr. Cheol-Woong Kwon. He wants to attend The University of North Carolina in Charlotte or The University of Texas where he will major in engineering. Ahmad wants to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer or nano-engineer.

“I'm really glad I was accepted into Tulane's Emerging Scholars program, it was alot of fun and a great experience.”

Gabrielle Maldonado

Gabrielle Maldonado
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Gabrielle Maldonado attends Chalmette High School where she will be a senior this upcoming year. Gabrielle completed a research project, Comparative in Vitro Toxicity, with the support and mentorship of Dr. Mark Wilson. Gabrielle is undecided on a college, but wants to major in biology. Gabrielle wants to pursue a career as a veterinarian/ writer/ artist.

“This program has been very beneficial because it gave me and the other scholars' valuable lab experience, and a taste of what a possible science career might entail. This program is a good opportunity for anyone who has even the smallest interest in science, and I encourage anyone who would like to participate.”

Dao-Joanna Nguyen

Dao-Joanna Nguyen
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Dao-Joanna Nguyen attends Eleanor McMain Secondary School where she will be a senior this upcoming school year. Dao-Joanna completed a research project in Fate of Human Lung Epithelial Cells - Death or Survival Induced by Sodium Arsenite with the support and mentorship of Dr. He Wang and Dr. Yongping Mu. She wants to attend Xavier University or Tulane University where she will major in chemistry. Joanna wants to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

“The Emerging Scholars program has been an amazing and unforgettable experience - full of fun memories and wonderful people. This truly unique program has given me valuable knowledge and new perspectives that any typical classroom setting would be unable to provide.”

Adam Strickland

Adam Strickland
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Adam Strickland attends Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies where he will be a senior this upcoming school year. Adam completed a research project in Aryl-Hydrocarbon Receptor with the support and mentorship of Dr. Charles Miller and Francesca Edgington-Giordano, PhD Candidate. He plans to attend Rice University where he will major in biochemistry. Adam wants to pursue a career as a research oncologist.

“I enjoyed the academy because it was a unique experience. I never imagined being able to do this kind of work until college, it opened my eyes to what type of work I want to do later in life.”

Chengjia Yu

Chengjia Yu
Emerging Scholar — 2014

Chengjia Yu graduated from East Jefferson High School and will be a freshman at the University of New Orleans this upcoming school year. Chengjia completed a research project in GIS Environmental Epidemiology with the support and mentorship of Dr. Erik Svendsen and Dr. Wenjie Sun. He will attend the University of New Orleans in the fall 2014, and wants to pursue a career in engineering.

“I've learned a lot from this program. It really helped me find my future path. This program can help even if you're not going to major in environmental science field.”