To the person reading this: Hey there! I hope you are doing well.
My name is Samarth Mannikeri, and I am a rising junior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. At Pennsbury, my interests vary all over the place. In terms of music, I play the piano and saxophone along with my school's symphonic band or my fellow peers. I am also the captain of Pennsbury's speech and debate team, placing myself in numerous nationally-ranked tournaments in domestic and international extemporaneous speaking. Moreover, I am an active member of Pennsbury’s Mathletics team, newspaper, and literary magazine. Additionally, in partnership with the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 and GenYouth programs, I am a national Youth Council member. You can also catch me playing tennis with my school’s team or friends. In terms of science, I participate in Pennsbury's Science Discovery Club, competing in the PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) and BCSF (Bucks County Science Research Academy) competitions. In my free time, I enjoy reading non-fiction books, volunteering with my local community, watching anime, and making (and eating) some delicious Indian food!
Through this wonderful opportunity with TRIP, especially with the use of fruit flies, I have been able to understand and examine the micro and macro characteristics and elements of the world of research. These real-life applications, particularly through the use of fruit flies, allows us all to truly appreciate and recognize the world and society around us. I aspire to create an experiment that can prove the effectiveness of engineered medications (allopathy) versus natural medicines (homeopathy). Furthermore, I hope to analyze the real-life implications or benefits they each have to offer. I am looking forward to taking an amazing TRIP with this outstanding program, and I hope this course will be able to further deepen my knowledge of the sciences and the public health sector, which can propel my dream of becoming a pediatrician.