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Berenice Fuentes with her original research, at the Aug. 15 CHORI Summer Student Research Symposium.
Berenice Fuentes/ COURTESY PHOTO
Amanda Harris with information on her game GapJumper that she created with two other Girls Who Code participants.
HNHS students excel in STEM summer activities
A number of Holy Names students continued their educations outside of the classroom over the summer by participating in a variety of programs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Juniors Catherine Bither and Breanna Madison travelled to UCLA to participate in the nine-day National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine where they learned how to suture and take blood pressure manually, heard from guest speakers and received tips on getting into and succeeding in medical school.
Bither continued on to a second, smaller medical program — Camp Neuro, held at USC's Keck School of Medicine. Camp Neuro participants heard from professors and medical staff, saw cadavers, watched surgeries and dissected a pig brain.
"It was very inspiring to see women surgeons because the field is typically dominated by men," said Bither, who plans to pursue a career in neurosurgery. "Both experiences were very rewarding because they made my dream of becoming a surgeon seem attainable."
Seniors Berenice Fuentes and Lorena Ortega-Guerrero participated in Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute's (CHORI) Summer Student Research Program. The 2015 CHORI summer program started June 15 and ended Aug. 14, with a one day symposium Aug. 15 where the 45 participants from a range of high schools and colleges each presented on their original research conducted over the summer.
Ortega-Guerrero's original research, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was titled "The Effect of HDL Particle Size on HDL-ApoA-I Exchange Efficiency." Fuentes' research, also funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was on access of orthopedic care to Spanish speaking patients in California.
"I applied to CHORI because science has always been my passion," said Fuentes. "I value the opportunity I had in creating my own research project, the guidance of the CHORI program, and my fantastic mentor Dr. Coleen Sabatini."
Senior Amanda Harris was the third HNHS student in three years to participate in the Girls Who Code seven week Summer Immersion Program, taking place this year at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. In addition to coding animation, programming robots, and designing websites, Harris created a game called GapJumper with two other Girls Who Code participants. The game is meant to bring awareness to the wage gap for women.
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