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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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Hana Alkhafaf

Hana Alkhafaf
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Hana Alkhafaf attends Haynes Academy where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Alkhafaf completed a research project in Environmental Metals and Stress Hormones: Do Lead, Cadmium, or Cortisol Promote the Shortening of Telomeres? with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe and Rebecca Lichtler. She wants to attend Tulane University where she will major in Cell and Molecular Biology. Alkhafaf wants to attend medical school in the future to pursue a career as a physician upon completion of college.

“The Emerging Scholars Academy is a once in a lifetime chance for students in high school to gain major exposure to research and what it feels like to be a researcher. I have formed many memories that I will carry with me forever. I never thought I would be able to have this opportunity at a young age, and I truly encourage students to look into this program.”

Jonathan Cuccia

Jonathan Cuccia
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Jonathan Cuccia attended Chalmette High School where he graduated in May, 2015. Cuccia completed a research project which studies The Relative Potency of Methylated Chrysenes in Aryl Hydrocarbon (AhR) Activation with the support and mentorship of Dr. Charles Miller. He will attend Louisiana State University where he will major in Biological Engineering, with a concentration in Pre-med in the FAST PATH program. Cuccia wants to pursue a medical degree, and doctorate in Biological Engineering upon completion of his undergraduate work.

“The Emerging Scholar Academy has broadened my horizons in not only science, but also in diversity. It was truly an unforgettable experience.”

Jessica Ding

Jessica Ding
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Jessica Ding attended Haynes Academy where she graduated in May, 2015. Ding completed a research project in The Policy Implications of the Association between Ambient PM2.5 Concentration and Rate of Asthma Hospitalizations in Louisiana, 2009 with the support and mentorship of Dr. Maureen Lichtveld and Kaitlyn Gam. She will attend Harvard College where she will major in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with a concentration in pre-med. Ding wants to pursue a medical degree upon completion of her undergraduate work.

“Through the Emerging Scholars Academy, I have gained so much knowledge about the fields of environmental health science and public health. For example, I’ve been able to use statistical analysis software and introduced to concepts often taught in graduate-level courses. The program has not only been memorable and enjoyable but also rewarding — I have no doubt that these experiences will greatly benefit me in my future pursuits.”

Teyonn Ennis

Teyonn Ennis
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Teyonn Ennis attends Edna Karr High School where she will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Ennis completed a research project in Characterization of Active Vitamin D (1,25 (OH)2) Levels in Ethanol (ETOH) and Diallyl Disulfide (DADS) Exposed Human Primary Alveolar Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill and Henri Hottor. She wants to attend Emory University or Davidson College where she will major in Pre-Med. Ennis wants to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatrician or neonatal nurse.

“This program was a great experience that gave me a new perspective of what scientists really do. Emerging Scholars has been an unforgettable experience that I will definitely refer to in the future.”

Jattir Farve

Jattir Farve
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Jattir Farve attended New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School where she graduated in May, 2015. Farve completed a research project in Comparative Induction of Genes Encoding Canonical Metabolic Enzymes by Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe, Dr. Bridget Simon Friedt and Adeline Williams. She will attend Xavier University of Louisiana where she will major in Biochemistry. Farve wants to pursue a doctorate in Biochemistry upon completion of her undergraduate work.

“This program is really helpful; it really helped me connect to a potential major and plus I think ‘Dr. Farve’ has a lovely ring to it!”

Ricky Jones

Ricky Jones
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Ricky Jones attends Lake Area New Tech Early College High School and will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school. Jones completed the project Estimation of Active Vitamin D (1,25 (OH)2) Levels in Ethanol (ETOH) and Diallyl Disulfide (DADS) Exposed Human Bronchial-epithelial Cells with the support and mentorship of Dr. Michael McCaskill and Olalekan Ogunsakin. He wants to attend University of Miami where he will major in Sports Medicine. He wants to attend Tulane Medical School to pursue a degree in medicine and pursue a career as and athletic trainer.

“A world without science is a world without technology…Nothing.”

Gun Kang

Gun Kang
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Gun Kang attends Haynes Academy where he will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Kang completed a research project in Assessment of Electronic Cigarette Smoke with the support and mentorship of Dr. Roy Rando and Dr. Cheol-Woong Kwon. He wants to attend Johns Hopkins University where he will major in Biomedical Engineering or Civil Engineering. Kang wants to attend medical school to pursue a career as a medical doctor upon completion of college.

“My experience with the Tulane Emerging Scholars program has been better than I had expected. I got to work closely with actual researchers and faculty members to create a research project. I was also able to take part in field trips that expanded my knowledge of the applications of environmental health and safety. Any student who takes part in this program would learn much and gain a valuable set of skills.”

Siddesh Ponnapakkam

Siddesh Ponnapakkam
Emerging Scholar — 2015

Siddesh Ponnapakkam attends Haynes Academy where he will be in the 12th Grade this upcoming school year. Ponnapakkam completed a research project in An Analysis of Toxic Chemical Releases and Cancer Rates in Louisiana Parishes with the support and mentorship of Dr. Erik Svendsen and Craig Rothenberg. He wants to attend Stanford University, Rice University , University of Pennsylvania, or Tulane University where he will major in an area in the sciences. Ponnapakkam wants to attend medical school upon completion of college.

“This program has it all. It fosters a relaxed learning environment that is truly enjoyable while also accomplishing a lot. It was a great way to spend a summer. I truly felt I bettered myself and I would recommend this program to everyone.”