Two Proviso East High School Students, Aniya Vasquez and Christopher Perez, were recognized for their intellectual ability, their enthusiasm, and their love for science through their selection into the highly competitive, Project SEED Program at Northwestern University and at the Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.).
Perez and Vasquez worked with Project SEED for eight weeks this past summer. They both received a $3000 stipend. As a culmination of their experiences, on September 24th the students presented their summer research at Loyola University to a community of scholars.
Both Vasquez and Perez were chosen by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is the world’s largest scientific society, to participate in the eight-week summer program. The Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Each day, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., one student traveled to Northwestern’s School of Medicine while the other went to the Illinois Institute of Technology. They both spent the day with doctors and scientists in the field. They conducted experiments and studied particular areas of research. Vasquez did her research at I.I.T. with Dr. Bishnoi. Her research focused on the effect of silver nanoparticles on daphnia. Perez conducted his research at Northwestern University with Dr. Yu on better methods for determining the pH of kidneys.
“It was really awesome to experiment in real labs, and it was a great opportunity to study advanced science and chemistry in a college setting,” said Perez. “I never thought I would do research and study like this at this stage. I got a lot of knowledge. I learned a lot about research and science and the whole experience really taught me how to be more responsible.”
Congratulations Chris and Aniya! Great work!