13 Seniors Get Hands On in Science Research Program
Thirteen seniors spent the past summer exploring hands-on, scientific research through Holton's immersive Science Research Program.
The Science Research Program gives a group of Upper School students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional research laboratory setting—an experience that builds familiarity, skills, and confidence, while also helping students expand their network and explore college and career options.
Darya Alimoradi, Mari Clark, Emilia Cohen, Calla Doh, Madeline Feldner, Lindsay Greenspan, Billi Hall, Maya Lall, Jessica Lian, Kali Mathura, Arielle Troadec, Sophia Virkar, and Maya Warner, all Class of 2023, each explored a topic alongside a mentor throughout the immersive, eight-week summer internship.
Students were matched with one of Holton's partner institutions, which include the George Washington University School of Engineering, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the University of Maryland, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Georgetown University.
Projects ranged from studying genomes in malaria parasites and investigating genetic links for Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's in African Americans, to analyzing the courtship of fruit flies and using Brussels sprouts to compare MRI scans of brain injuries.
Each student presented the results of their work to groups of their peers, fielding questions about their findings and their experience with the program.
Mathura worked with the University of Maryland Rotorcraft Center, where she worked alongside graduate students in the tilt rotor research lab. She learned how to build a swept tip tilt rotor blade, and after reading about the 20-step process, built her own blade. It was tested in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, reaching 200 knots, or 230 miles per hour–the fastest speeds ever for any wind tunnel tilt rotor testing.
Her mentor, Dr. Anubhav Datta, praised her work as "a testament to her ability to learn and apply, intricate attention to details, concentration, diligence, and intellect."
For Mathura, it was an experience that exemplified the goals of the program.
"It was an amazing opportunity to be able to spend time working in the lab, especially as only a high schooler," she said. "I got the chance to learn from so many different people in a field that I want to continue in throughout college and my career. It was extremely value to get to experience the lab setting and gain a better understanding of how an engineering lab works.
View more photos of the presentations on Vidigami, and click below to see each presentation.
- Darya Alimoradi – Sweep Wing Project: Avoiding Obstacles at High Speeds
- Mari Clark – An Investigation of Common Genetic Expression Pathways for Type 2 Diabetics and Alzheimer's in African Americans
- Emilia Cohen – ß1 Extra Loop of Proteasome in P. falciparum
- Calla Doh – Function-Based Representations in the Brain’s Sensorimotor System
- Madeline Feldner – Characterizing Gelatin Methacrylate (GelMA) Using Ultrasound
- Lindsay Greenspan – Impact of Mild Blast Traumatic Brain Injury on Tanycyte Function
- Billi Hall – Howard University Hospital Imaging Lab - Various Projects
- Maya Lall – Testing the Mechanical Properties of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)
- Jessica Lian – Novel research using Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Kali Mathura – Fabrication and Wind Tunnel Tests of High Speed Swept-tip Tilt-rotor Blades
- Arielle Troadec – Susceptibility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates
- Sophia Virkar – Observing and Analyzing Courtship Behavior in Drosophila Melanogaster
- Maya Warner – The Courtship of Fruit Flies