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What’s on young researchers’ minds?

Cleveland high schoolers share their summer science experiments with Mayor Frank Jackson, medical school faculty, and family and friends

What’s on young researchers’ minds?

Shaker Heights High School student Mariah Jordan explains her project to Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson.

On July 27, twenty-eight high-school students presented capsule summaries of their research as part of the fourteenth annual Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity (SEO) Program - High School Student Research and Poster Presentation. After a summer-long investigation, under the guidance of their medical school faculty mentors, the students presented their research projects to peers, faculty and several special guests, including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The robust audience got a glimpse of potential future cures for cancer, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, Parkinson’s disease and numerous other health care topics as the students shared their discoveries.

The SEO program, now in its 13th year, provides Cleveland high schoolers with a unique opportunity to engage in mentored biomedical research and motivate students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. Medical school faculty collaborate with the students to help them understand the scientific method and to use their talents, intelligence and curiosity to solve a variety of real-world basic and clinical biomedical questions.

Nathan Berger, MD, a Distinguished University Professor and the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine, is the SEO program director. Both he and Patricia Thomas, MD, vice dean for medical education, encouraged the students to continue their research and consider careers in medicine and science, maybe even at CWRU!

For more pictures of the event, visit our Facebook album here.

Congratulations to all of the participants for a successful summer in research!

This year, participating Cleveland High Schools included:

Brunswick High School * Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay * Facing History New Tech High School * Glenville High School * Hathaway Brown School * James Rhodes High School * Shaker Heights High School * Solon High School * Twinsburg High School * University School * Walsh Jesuit High School

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