TOP ORLANDO SCIENCE STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY THE COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS

 Local High School Students Receive “Path to a Future in Medicine” Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. – The College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded five Orlando high school students the College’s 2013 “Path to a Future in Medicine” award. A sixth student, who was previously an Orlando-area high school student, was also recognized.

The students were invited to attend and display their winning projects at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’13 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando Fla. In addition, they had the opportunity to tour the CAP ’13 meeting and discuss possible careers in medicine and science, as well as general science issues, with a select group of pathologists and residents. They also were invited, along with their parents and guests, to attend the Spotlight Event, featuring Eric J. Topol, MD, a premier cardiologist, genetic researcher, and technologist deemed “one of the 12 ‘Rock Stars of Science’” by GQ magazine.

“It is inspiring to see the dedication to science that these six young people have displayed through their research projects,” said CAP President Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP. “We are honored to feature their work at the College’s annual meeting. As the students meet with resident mentors and discuss their science projects with some of the most highly recognized pathologists from around the country and the world, we hope to help them recognize that pathologists play a central role in patient care and that we encourage them to continue on the path to a future in medicine.”

The students who competed at the 2013 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Exposition in February were judged for excellence in five areas: creativity, scientific thought, attention to detail, skill, and clarity. The winners are:

Neha Bhaskar

Project: Fluorescent Detection of Antibiotic Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

School: Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando

Erin Boone

Project: Cytoxic Effect of Cytokine-Induced Killer Cells on Ovarian Cancer

School: Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando

Adrian Elzarki

Project: How Pesticides Affect the Growth of Plants

School: Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando

Preethi Raghavan

Project: Characterization of Cyclin Dependent-Like Kinases in Plasmodium falciparum

School: Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando

Alysia Waugh

Project: The Efficacy of Utilizing the Zone of Inhibition as a Measurement for the Elimination of Escherichia coli With Common Household Disinfectants

School: Jones High School, Orlando

Tina Miller Tran

Project: Corrosion Casting of Crustacea as Evidence for Evolution

School: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years with more than 7,500 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.

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As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years with more than 7,700 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries.

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