My name is Sanjit Shelukar and I am a rising senior at Wissahickon High School. I’ve been in Boy Scouts since I was in kindergarten. I have done some pretty exciting stuff in scouts, such as building a Ferris wheel, building a monkey bridge, and seeing the President! I’m currently working on my Eagle Scout project. I’m very excited to earn this award after years of hard work.
I have been playing basketball since 2nd grade. I play in my township’s league every year. I am a fan of the Golden State Warriors, but trust me I am NOT a bandwagon! I used to live in San Francisco and I liked them when I lived there.
I joined TRIP because it seemed like a very exciting program to be apart of. My sister, now a sophomore at Penn State, was in the program and when I went to her symposium, I decided I wanted to do TRIP when I got older. I’m very excited and grateful to be apart of this program! I think it’s a great opportunity to learn about a science lab.
My name is Sophia Jesteen, I’m a rising junior at Julia R. Masterman (home to the Blue Dragons, roar!). I love research and I found that with my interest in STEM, TRIP is the perfect opportunity to stimulate both interests. I love all aspects of lab work, even the writing process. I’m also a huge fan of observational/experimental science and with TRIP being such an amazing opportunity to put our own hypotheses to the test, this program is so exciting to me! I’m not sure exactly what I want to pursue in the future, but I believe after this experience I will have a strong inclination as to what it may be. In research science, I’m hoping to explore all the things I felt limited to exploring during my labs at school.
Some activities that I participate in at school include Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Science Olympiad, and ACapella singing. I really enjoy running and am a huge fan of mystery shows, including Elementary. Fun fact about me, I have a strange love for organization, so you’ll usually catch me with highlighters and a planner. I live in Northeast Philly, close to Fox Chase, but I spend a lot of time in the city, largely contributed to the fact my school is in the city. During the school year, I wake up at 5 AM, catch a regional rail train by 6, take a bus from SEPTA Suburban Station to school, and do the opposite to get home around 6-7. I’ve been doing this since the fifth grade, so it’s become second nature to travel the city.
I’m so excited to be apart of TRIP and I can’t wait to discover so much more this summer!
Hi, I’m Angel Viskinda and I go to Conwell Egan Catholic, a small school not too far from the outside of Philadelphia. It’s a great school with an enthusiastic student body. After school my friends and I like to watch the one of the many teams practice, visit the wawa right across from school (it’s extremely convenient). Otherwise, I’m off to Drama!
I’m a fan of sailor moon and pop, but I also have a diverse music taste for hip-hop, rap, R&B, and alt pop rock (Just Nick, Remo Drive, Panic! at the Disco).
I’m really excited to join TRIP Initiative and to meet others as well as gain a new experience!
Hey, my name is Kindu Kennedy, I am a rising senior at Roxborough high school. Having been at Roxborough for the last three years, I have been exposed to numerous opportunities to portray my unique skills and abilities. While attending Roxborough, I have been on various sports teams and have joined a variety of different clubs within my school. I have been given the gracious opportunity to take a biotechnology class, where I have done pig dissections, made elephant toothpaste, and ran DNA through a gel electrophoresis chamber.
Though that may be a quick overview of my academic self, I believe that my individualized self outside of school is just as great. I have countless hobbies, but some that are very dear to my heart are playing video games, basketball, and having fun with my family. Video games are like a different world for me. Being able to escape reality and just focus on the objective of the game helps me soothe myself in trouble times and or relieve stress. My passion for basketball is similar to video games. Although, I have been playing the sport of basketball since I was four the feeling I get on the court is unreal. Being able to just play the sport lifts me above the world where I am in control and nothing can bother me. Finally the laughs and support my family provides is always the key to the success I want for myself. Having them as a support system and to just take my mind of things is really a major key in my life.
Another one of the opportunities I have been given because of biotechnology is actually being able to participate in TRIP. My biotechnology teacher Mrs. Thompson had Dr. Purdy come in and give an overview about what TRIP is and how to apply. Once I submitted my application we then took a trip to Fox Chase Cancer Center where I again got a chance to meet Dr. Purdy. As I learned about the facility while on my tour with Dr. Purdy, I began to like the research I’d be doing for the internship. Upon receiving my acceptance into the program I was overjoyed and I still am. As we move forward in the internship I have given fruit flies head trauma, and even knocked them out with carbon dioxide. I feel nothing but excitement whenever I am doing this research because not only does it excite me, but I believe more and more with each passing day, that this field might be the one for me.
Hello! My name is Emily Wright, and I'm a rising junior at Harriton High School. A few things about me: I’m an iced tea enthusiast, cat lover, and fan of parliamentary procedure. Some of favorite extracurriculars at Harriton include the Technology Student Association (TSA), an organization that hosts conferences in which students compete in STEM-related events, and my school's theater company, where I participate as a member of the lights department. TSA has become a really significant aspect of my life -- the organization has inspired me to pursue my interests in STEM, and has helped me develop a lot of the academic skills of which I consider my best. I also work as an anchor on my school's weekly news broadcast, and I play the viola and the guitar. When I'm not at school, I’m often writing, listening to/playing music, or eating.
I learned about TRIP Initiative through my anatomy teacher, who recommended the program to my class. Taking anatomy was one of my favorite academic experiences throughout high school, as it helped me develop my interest in biology and medical research. Prior to this summer, I hadn’t had much experience with applying curiosity to design in regards to experiments, and I thought this program would be a great opportunity to apply some of my interest in science and research to a project.
I can’t wait to share the rest of my experiences here in the future!
Hi! My name is Ally Yu. I go to Wilson High School which is just outside the Reading area, so I live a good distance from Temple. In my freetime I like to take my puppy, Benji, on walks and hang out with friends and family. I play tennis on my high school's team and I will be a co-captain this upcoming school year (Ah, it’s weird to think I’m a senior). I am also a total foodie and will admit yelp is probably one of my most used apps. I love to travel and learn about different cultures; my dream destination would probably be Spain. I enjoy art and design and something I would love to do would be to design a tiny-home. I am just amazed at how much you can compact in so little small space. I also take part in the Fashion and Design event for the Technology Student Association (TSA) and had the opportunity to design different clothing pieces following the year’s theme.
In the future...well, I am not exactly sure what career I want to go into, however, I am really interested in going into a field of science or possibly blend science and design/art into a career. I am so excited to be apart of TRIP and experience the process of research in a lab-setting. One week of TRIP is already done and it is crazy how much we have learned. I look forward to the weeks to come!
Hi! My name is Ishani Ranjan, and I am a rising junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. I am so excited to become a part of the TRIP family, and can’t wait to learn so many new things through such cool experiences in a lab. I hope to pursue a career in the biomedical field in the future. Nevertheless, I love science and any experiences in a lab!
Aside from school and TRIP, I enjoy being a member of multiple clubs in my school. I am a part of my school’s Future Problem Solving Team, Model UN Team, and Red Cross club. I also volunteer at my local hospital, which I truly enjoy as way to relax and meet new people. I also love learning Spanish, and next year will be my eleventh year of taking the class in school. I love traveling, photography, and listening to music as well. Some of my favorite places to travel have been Spain, Germany, and Russia! Some of my favorite genres of music include Pop, Reggaeton, and Classical.
I am always down for trying new things and learning through a different lens. Through the TRIP initiative, I am learning so much about science and fruit flies, but I am also learning so much about myself as well!
Hello, my name is Lataviya, I am a rising Senior at Roxborough High school. Since 10th grade I’ve been in the Health and Science Research Academy at the school. The Academy includes the two pathways Biotechnology and Kinesiology. I happen to be in the pathway Biotechnology, a technology used to make living organisms better. So I heard about the program through my Biotechnology teacher, Mrs. Thompson. Fox Chase came into the Biotech lab and showed different lab groups how to make elephant toothpaste. My groups elephant toothpaste was not activating so we watched another groups experiment.
After the small lesson, someone of the Fox Chase team showed the class a PowerPoint about TRIP Initiative. At first I thought I wasn't going to get in due to how competitive it was but I was most definitely interested in how fruit flies react to different types of products. So while the whole "Getting into the program" process was going through, my Biotech teacher thought me and a few other students were perfect for the program. And here I am now.
Before my first day at the program, I was a little nervous but also excited about working with flies and meeting the other students in the program. On my first day I was nervous but felt more comfortable throughout. I got to know others by actually interacting with them. On the second day, we learned how to distinguish between male flies and female flies. After some time I got the hang of it and started distinguishing flies just by how they look. After that, I put 15 males and 15 females per 4 vials. In another lab activity I distinguished mutations some flies had under a microscope. After that we went into a room to meet the other students from the Afternoon slot. We all drew different comics of how we saw and interpreted a alumni’s presentation. I found out that every single one of us has a different idea on how we can interpret our understanding of something.
Overall, it was very enjoyable to do, forgetting about how fast 5 hours went by.
Hi! My name is Emily Shang and I will be a sophomore at Lower Merion High School. Just a little bit about myself: I harbor a huge love for science, Netflix, traveling, and sports. I play volleyball and fence, but watch most other sports. I have been fencing for 6 years, and find that it is one of my favorite recreational activities (I mean playing with swords… what’s not to like?). Playing volleyball is also another love of mine, despite my height putting me at a slight disadvantage (but no worries, I’m optimistic I’ll grow another 6 inches :))
When I’m not at fencing or volleyball practice, I am always watching Netflix, and jumping from show to show everytime Netflix suggests something new to me. Though I’ve seen most of the more popular shows, some of my favorites are the Office, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother (*cries because it’s not on Netflix anymore*), and Friends. Other than Netflix and sports, I enjoy spending time traveling with my family. In total, we’ve hit over 20 different countries, and hope to travel to more. My favorite part of traveling is experiencing the different cultures and ideals of the place, and marveling on how a few miles and an ocean can make such a difference.
Being in TRIP only a short time now, one of my favorite things is meeting all these people whom I can learn from, and share passions with. I enjoy learning how to use lab equipment, and how to craft experiments and execute them. I love how everyone is so eager to help if you ask. I also particularly appreciate collaborating on assignments with everyone else. I’m currently doing research on the effects of Black Cohosh, a drug used to treat the effects of menopause and act as a substitute for estrogen, on fly fertility when a heat stressor is applied. We’re learning so much from the basics of micropipetting to conversions to performing a fertility assay. Despite all we have learned so far, my journey with TRIP is just beginning, and I can’t wait see where it takes me!
Hey, my name is Humza Hussain and I will be starting my junior year at Cherry Hill High School East. My favorite subjects in school are biology, and chemistry (I’m a science guy), but outside of school I enjoy participating in basketball. I have been playing competitively since the sixth grade, when I scored 50 points in one game! I participate in basketball for my high school and for my AAU team, MAX SKILLS. I am also an animal lover. I have taken care of a variety of animals at my Uncle's farm in Pakistan like ostriches, camels, ducks, frogs and an albino water buffalo. I even dance battled a peacock. Aside from my love for basketball, science, and animals, I take pleasure in reading classic literature (Weird huh?) like The Odyssey, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Moby Dick. Another thing I like to do is watch movies. I am a big fan of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
I am really excited to be a part of the TRIP program this summer. Because of my passion for the sciences, I knew TRIP would be the perfect program for me. Being able to experience life in the lab is something I always wanted to do. Not only is the science portion an enjoyable part, but meeting new people and making new friends is also a great experience. I can’t wait to learn more!