AMSR News

INTEL-Bound
Posted 11/17/2010 01:00AM
Sixth formers Long Tran, Jenny Quilty and Andrew Walther are this year’s Berkshire School entrants for the INTEL Science Talent Search Competition, the top science contest in the nation for seniors. Approximately 1700 seniors across the nation enter the contest. Students must submit a research paper by November 17th based on research that they have done, usually under the supervision of a research scientist. They also must complete an extensive application form that requires them to write two major essays about their interest in science. “It’s a great group of students from our Advanced Math/Science Research Course,” said Research Course Director Kurt Schleunes. “What I like most is that each of them made an amazing contribution to their scientific field. Jenny was able to exhibit tumor suppression in mice using a vaccine, Andrew identified certain genetic mutations responsible for a form of breast cancer, and Long developed a testing system for aging in cells that will enhance our understanding of the connection between disease and aging.”

The student’s mentors, research sites, and projects are listed below:

Andrew Walther of Pennsylvania
Genetics:  Dr. Ganguly, UPenn
Detection for a CHEK2*1100delC Mutation in a Cohort of TP53 Negative probands with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Long Viet Tran of Vietnam
Genetics: Dr. Maxwell, Wadsworth Center
Testing Systems to Examine Genome Instability During Yeast Aging

Jenny Quilty of Massachusetts
Cancer: Dr.Srivastava, UConn
Using Identification and Characterization of Immunogenic Mutations in the Mouse Genome as a Potential Vaccine for Cancer Causing Cells: A Mouse Fibrosarcoma Model

INTEL will announce the 300 semifinalists on January 12, 2011, and the 40 finalists on January 26, 2011.

Last year Berkshire had its first INTEL Semifinalist, Xiao Rui Guo '10. To read more about Xiao Rui's INTEL project, click here.

To learn more about Advanced Math/Science Research at Berkshire, click here

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