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!
My name is Styles Martin and I’m a rising junior at Pennridge High School. I am excited to take part in the TRIP Initiative because I know I want to do something in the medical field. I also know that the time we get in the lab would be an amazing experience that I just could not pass up. So far the experience has been pretty awesome and I look forward to meeting peers with similar interests. TRIP is a great way to make connections and relationships that will (hopefully) last a lifetime.
During the summer, I do track workouts in the morning and ride my bike to school. After that I usually hang out with my friends or hangout with my dog. I also started playing my guitar and my cello a lot more so that’s fun too.
Glad to be apart of the program and I look forward to what’s coming <3