Twelve seniors from The Summit Country Day School conducted research on medical and scientific topics this summer including: congenital heart defects, rare earth element extraction, risk stratification for predicting Crohn's Disease, vision training for sports-related concussion patients, regional air quality and others.
The internships, offered through Science Research Institute, allow Summit students to spend six to eight weeks working with local scientists and clinicians in area laboratories. Part of a four-unit course of study, the internships give Summit graduates an advantage in their applications to college.
Altogether, 64 students have completed the program. Now in its seventh year, 13 juniors will begin their coursework while 12 seniors are finishing this year and will present their research at the Science Research Institute Colloquium on Jan. 29.
“Reports from our young alumni indicate that their high school research gave them a competitive advantage into college science research projects,” said Jessica Replogle, Ph.D., Indian Hill, who heads the institute. “Many of our alumni have joined science laboratories and clinical research groups where they continue to use the skills they learned here.”
Students blog about their experiences as part of the final course, Science Research IV: Scientific Communications.
Student researchers, their projects and their mentors are:
- Adaliene Andsager, Hyde Park, "Electric Field Non-invasive Wound Healing Therapy in a Porcine Model," University of Cincinnati, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Daria Narmoneva.
- Ryan Burns, Anderson Township, “A Study Investigating the Use Of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) in Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder,” University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Dr. Fabiano Nery.
- SophieEvans, Glendale, “Non-invasive Prenatal Testing Using Cell-free DNA and its Role in Congenital Heart Defect Outcomes,” Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. James Cnota and Dr. Allison Divanovic.
- Amir Johnson, Finneytown, “Rare Earth Element Extraction Using a Cellulose-based Nanomaterial,” University of Cincinnati, Department of Chemistry, Dr. Peng Zhang.
- Pierce Kreider, East Walnut Hills, "Characterization of the Interaction Between Ron Tyrosine Kinase and IRAK-4 and Associated Signaling Pathways," University of Cincinnati, Department of Cancer Biology, Dr. Susan Waltz.
- Connie Nelson, Hyde Park, “RISK Study: A Risk Stratification Model for Predicting Crohn's Disease Complications,” Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Lee A. Denson.
- Madeline Riley, East Walnut Hills, “A Clinical Study to Determine if Associations Exist Between Congenital Heart Defects and Kidney Size,” Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Eunice Hahn, Dr. James Cnota and Dr. Allison Divanovic.
- Jack Schmerge, Anderson Township, “Regulation of the Drosophila Neurogenic Patterning Gene ind,” Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Developmental Biology, Dr. Brian Gebelein.
- Rebecca Smith, Hyde Park, "Systematic Review of Vision Training on mTBI And Sports-Related Concussion Patients," University of Cincinnati Health, Dr. Jon G. Divine and Dr. Bret Betz.
- Emily Warden, Loveland, "Investigating the Transmission Rate of Clostridium difficile in a Community Hospital Setting," The Christ Hospital, Dr. Thomas Lamarre.
- Matthew Warden, Loveland, "Dehydration's Effect on Time of Refeeding in Aedes aegypti, " University of Cincinnati Department of Biology, Dr. Joshua Benoit.
- Mark Zhou, Mason, Local Air Quality Analysis for 2018, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency,” Anna Kelleyand University of Cincinnati Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Dr. Mingming Lu.
The Summit is a co-educational, Catholic independent school serving children from 18 months through grade 12. Registration is now underway for the 2020-21 school year. Call 871-4700 ext. 261 to schedule a personal tour.