Introductions!! by Emily Kulp
Hi! My name is Emily Kulp, and I am so excited to be a part of the TRIP community!
It should come as no surprise that I love science–as of right now, chemistry is my favorite, but biology and neuropsychology are quickly catching up. I’m also in love with animals, and I’m hoping to find a career that involves all of these passions. Obviously, becoming a vet is an option, and I’ve already had a chance to shadow a few. However, I don’t have much experience in a lab, and that’s why I applied to TRIP–I wanted to get a better understanding of what research is like. Research has so many opportunities to advance animal medicine in the future, and it would be really exciting to be a part of that!
Like I said, I’m a huge animal lover. My family has adopted a menagerie of animals, and one of my favorite things to do is spend time with our rescued paint mare, Casey. When I’m not spending time with horses, you can usually find me curled up with a dog and a good book, or doing art. I’m a huge nerd, and love books–I will read just about anything. Art is another way for me to relax–I do a lot of drawing, but when I get the chance I enjoy painting as well.
Right now we are 2 weeks into TRIP, and I am having a blast. The teachers and students are all such amazing people, and we are doing some really cool stuff. For example, this last session we knocked flies out with carbon dioxide to detect mutations and sort them under the microscope. Who knew flies could look so interesting up close? I think sorting is one of my favorite things we’ve done so far. For the first experiment, I’m testing the effects of senna (a laxative) and stress associated with a disrupted Circadian cycle. I’m also looking forward to trying my first behavioral assay, which involves olfactory preferences of the progeny.
I can’t wait to start!
Hi! My name is Kekeli Logoh. I am a junior at Hatboro Horsham High School; previously attended Wissahickon High school. I was born in Africa and moved to America when I was 7. I have lurked around the Philadelphia area for almost 10 years. In the future, I plan on become a biomedical engineer. I’m the corniest cheese you’ll find around; I’m super sarcastic, once you get to know me. I’m in love with everything Korean (best way I can describe it) and I’m in the process of applying for a study abroad scholarship offered by the government called NSlI-Y to study in Korea for my senior year. It is almost impossible for me to text without using emojis. I’m extremely indecisive:
Favorite food: There are just too many yummy options.
Favorite color: All colors are beautiful, it all depends on how you look at it.
Favorite TV show: Um…How can you watch one thing your entire life?
Favorite book: I don’t read much, but I liked the five books I recently read.
*Yes, it is a nightmare choosing what to eat at restaurants.
Introductions are a nightmare for me, not only because I’m indecisive, but it’s also hard for me to talk about myself so I just throw some random facts and hopes that it’s sufficient, like above. Yeah, I know, I’m not a very exciting person, but hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me.
My expectations for the TRIP program is to make lifelong friends, torture some flies, and to be able to think like a scientist when it comes to solving a problem through research.
Hi, My name is Serena Kothari. I am currently in my junior year at Garnet Valley High School. My favorite subjects in school are math and science. I love to learn, especially with new skills in math and science, which is why I am involved in the TRIP Initiative program. I have yet to decide what I want to do in the future but I know that biology and medicine interest me.
Aside from school, I participate in Speech and Debate club, Invent team (an invention competition team), and I play tennis and guitar. In my spare time, I mainly read or spend time with my family. My favorite book genre lies somewhere between science fiction/dystopian society and realistic fiction. Currently, my favorite book is Divergent by Veronica Roth. The protagonist in the story faces and overcomes many obstacles despite being around people who underestimate her which is an amazing lesson that can be applied to everyday life. My family and I spend time with each other usually through watching movies. Our favorites include Spiderman Homecoming, A Few Good Men, and Iron Will. One of my favorite things to do is Escape Rooms. The concept of an Escape Room is to find a way out of a locked room in 60 minutes through various clues in the room. I enjoy the both the logic and problem solving aspect of the game.
Today was my second day at the Trip initiative program and I have already learned so much. Because the teachers are so supportive and the other participants are so kind, the program is such a safe and happy learning atmosphere. On the first day, we made fly food along with adding a drug and stressor to some of the vials. In the coming weeks, I will be subjecting my fruit flies with Rhodiola and dish soap. I have also learned how to use a micropipette, how to distinguish fly genders, and how to knock out flies with CO2 gas. Wow, I think I now understand where the phrase “dropped like flies comes from”.
I am excited to both learn and to see what else I will be exposing fruit flies to during the duration of the program. I cannot wait to share this incredible journey with you.
Hi, my name is Surali Panchani and I am a junior at North Penn High School! I have interests in science and would like to pursue medicine or research in the future. The main reason I joined TRIP was because I wanted to gain insight into a possible career option for me! I am so excited to be a part of the TRIP family!
In my freetime, I absolutely love watching TV and football (yay Eagles!!) and also spending time with my family! My favorite TV shows are The Flash, Arrow, This is Us, and Supergirl. I can binge watch TV for hours and hours and I once finished 3 seasons of Arrow in five days...oops! I also love to spend time with my family! I love traveling with them and finding new adventures to go on whenever we can! In school, I am very involved. I am a part of the Student Government Association, the Future Health Occupations Club, Key Club, NHS, and much more. I am also a very big Harry Potter fan and have read the series many times! In addition, I am a volunteer at the Lansdale Hospital where I go every Friday and help out in the ICU!
I am so excited to learn many things through TRIP and make many new friends! Currently I am studying the effect of strattera, an ADD drug, on the behavior of fruit flies! I look forward to living this new adventure and this opportunity that I have been given!
Hi I'm Abby!! by Abby Shen
Hi everyone! My name is Abby Shen and I'm a current sophomore at The Baldwin School (go bears!). I’m extremely honored to be part of the 2018 TRIP session at William Tennent High School, and it’s been a wonderfully eye-opening and educational experience so far. I love science and I want to explore as many aspects of it as I can, so TRIP is truly an amazing opportunity for me. I am considering a career in medicine, or a related biological or chemical field.
In my free time, I like to read (mostly fiction and psychology books), watch shows and movies, and explore my hobbies and interests. These can go anywhere from developing websites and video games to participating in school theatrical productions. I love seeking out new experiences that allow me to meet all kinds of people with similar and different interests, like what I’ve been able to do at TRIP.
For my first experiment, I’m investigating the effects of the drug Valerian and the stressor of constant darkness on the flies’ metabolism. Having set up the flies in four tubes (one control, two with either the stressor or the drug, and the final with both), I’m looking forward to seeing the results in my next session. I think the disruption of the flies’ Circadian rhythms caused by constant darkness may affect their metabolism, which may also be impacted by the drug Valerian (thought to treat sleep orders and anxiety). The combination of Valerian and constant darkness will be interesting to observe—if constant darkness does affect the flies’ metabolism, would Valerian negate those effects, augment them, or have no impact? Hopefully I’ll find out next time.
Here I go!! by Leslie Lopez
All right, so HI I'm Leslie and I hail from William Tennent HS where I'm a junior. A little bit about myself: I speak Spanish fluently and I've been learning French for the past few years. I LOVE to read fantasy and sci-fi books (esp. dystopian), especially in the summer out on the patio. Pop and EDM are my go-to music. Also, I recently started playing tennis during the summer and fall. Most of all, I like to challenge myself academically, mostly because I love to learn and I see the value in education.
Thinking about the future after high school is scary, but I definitely want to pursue a career in the science field. I'm thinking somewhere along the lines of environmental science or astronomy, or maybe even pre-med... I'm still trying to find my way. Who knows, the TRIP experience could just be the turning point. Still, the opportunity to even be part of a community that shares a common passion is overwhelming and it’s amazing to be working alongside invested, hard-working students.