attended High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Alli’s project worked with a new possible therapeutic method for Alzheimer’s Disease.
University of Wisconsin- Madison
How did NYCSEF impact your trajectory?
NYCSEF showed me that all of the hours I spent in the lab was more than worth it. Having the chance to present my work to such a large group was an amazing opportunity which brought me immense joy and anxiety. Since then, I have continued doing research every since.
Do you have any advice for participants in the science fair?
Make sure you have a solid understanding of your research topic, why you chose the topic and its significance or potential within the scientific community. Also, some of the questions you are asked maybe difficult, but you just have to think outside of the box. Smile!
What advice would you give high school students wanting to work in a lab?
It's going to be tough without a doubt and there will be nights when you wonder if it is even worth it. You just have to understand that working in the lab in high school prepares you for the real world in ways you can not even fathom. It's the ultimate sacrifice with the best benefits. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Your PI/mentor is your friend. Do not be shy to ask questions or "look stupid." They really are there to help you.
Who was your most influential teacher? why?
Mr. Gunnar Jensen. It's a little cliché, but he actually taught me to not to write "nonsense" because it wastes everyone's time. I extended the lesson to everything I do in life.
Who is your favorite scientist? Why?
Dr. Roger Lefort; he was my mentor while doing research and he single handedly made a better person and student in so many ways.