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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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Tariona Gabriel

Tariona Gabriel
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Tariona Gabriel attends New Orleans Science and Math High School where she will be in the 11th Grade this upcoming school year. Gabriel completed a research project in Gene Expression Differences in Obese Mice with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe. She wants to attend Southern University of New Orleans where she will major in nursing. Gabriel wants to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatrician upon completion of college.

“I had a good experience in the Emerging Scholars program. It helped me learn new things that I didn’t know how to do before I came to this program.”

Lirelle Gardere

Lirelle Gardere
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Lirelle Gardere attends Lake Area New Tech Early College High School where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Gardere completed a research project in Yeast Library Screening for Genes that May Affect the Signaling of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor with the support and mentorship of Dr. Huiying Zhang. She wants to attend the University of Miami where she will major in business. Lirelle wants to pursue a career as a chief executive officer of a corporation.

“The Program was fun and engaging. It was everything I expected and more. Tulane has given me friends I’ll keep forever.”

Tatyana Kimbrough

Tatyana Kimbrough
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Tatyana Kimbrough attends Lake Area New Tech Early College High School where she will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Kimbrough completed a research project in the Origins and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment with the support and mentorship of Dr. Jiafan Wang. She wants to attend the University of Mississippi where she will major in forensic chemistry. Kimbrough wants to pursue a career as a forensic scientist.

“The Program was highly informative and helped me look at environmental health differently.”

Sena Lyons

Sena Lyons
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Sena Lyons attended Edna Karr High School where she graduated in May 2013. Lyons completed a research project in Children’s Health in the Ukraine Post Chernoby: Study of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Structure with the support and mentorship of Dr. Wenjie Sun. She will attend Saint Louis University where she will major in environmental science, with a concentration in geophysics. Lyons wants to pursue a doctorate in geophysics upon completion of her undergraduate and graduate work.

“The Emerging Scholars program really showed me what to expect as a scientific researcher. I am glad I attended this program.”

Tyson Moser

Tyson Moser
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Tyson Moser attends Belle Chasse High School where he will be in the 12th grade this upcoming school year. Moser completed a research project in Respiratory Effects of Wood Dust with the support and mentorship of Dr. Cheol-Woong Kwon. He wants to attend Eastern Kentucky University where he will major in fire protection engineering. Moser wants to continue at Eastern Kentucky University where he will pursue a graduate degree in safety, security and emergency management. Moser wants to pursue a career as a fire protection and safety engineer.

“This program cemented my thoughts of going into the environmental health field.”

Christy Nguyen

Christy Nguyen
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Christy Nguyen attends Eleanor McMain Secondary High School where she will be in the 11th grade this upcoming school year. Nguyen completed a research project on the Metabolism in Obese Mice with the support and mentorship of Dr. Mark Wilson. She wants to attend Tulane University where she will major in chemistry. Nguyen wants to pursue a career as an oncologist.

“At first, it was a bit challenging, but after getting to know everyone and participating in hands-on experiences, with my mentor’s guidance, I truly enjoyed this program. The Emerging Scholars program was one of the best experiences I have ever had.”

Evan Turgeon

Evan Turgeon
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Evan Turgeon attends Fisher High School where he will be in the 11th grade this upcoming school year. Turgeon completed a research project in Using Geographical Information Systems to Examine Emerging Vector Borne Diseases and Climate Patterns with the support and mentorship of Diana Hamer, doctoral candidate. He wants to attend the University of California, Los Angeles or Tulane University where he will major in epidemiology. Turgeon wants to pursue a career as an environmental health scientist.

“Not only the Emerging Scholars program, but Tulane as a whole has changed me in the best of ways. I will never forget my time at Tulane.”

Rebecca Wang

Rebecca Wang
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Rebecca Wang attends Benjamin Franklin High School where she will be in 12th grade this upcoming school year. Wang completed a research project in the Biological Responses of Human Cells to Arsenic with the support and mentorship of Dr. Yongping Mu. She wants to attend Tulane University or Washington University where she will major in biology. Wang wants to pursue a career as a psychiatrist or an environmental health scientist.

“The Emerging Scholars program was an enriching experience that provided me with a productive learning environment addressing real world issues first-hand. I not only gained an invaluable learning experience, but also made many new friends and memories to be cherished for a lifetime.”

Xiaoshu Zheng

Xiaoshu Zheng
Emerging Scholar — 2013

Xiaoshu Zheng attends Benjamin Franklin High School where she will be in 12th grade this upcoming school year. Zheng completed a research project on the Screening of Yeast Genome for Regulators of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Signaling with the support and mentorship of Dr. Huiying Zhang. She wants to attend Brown University where she will double major in chemistry and art. Zheng wants to pursue a career in public health or orthodontics.

“Emerging Scholars has been an eye-opening experience that has taught me to see beyond the textbook and to examine problems from a variety of perspectives.”