Parkinson’s Disease research summer project by Hughenden student

Hughenden School student, Lucy Lee, right, alongside Emmanuella Takyi of the Faculty of Medicine as a research
assistant in the Heritage Youth Researcher Program (HYRS) at the University of Alberta summer program.
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Hughenden School is very proud to acknowledge that over the past two summers they have had students chosen by the University of Alberta to participate in summer research programs that they offer.

These students demonstrate strong attributes of innovation and scientific inquiry.

This past summer grade 12 student Lucy Lee was selected to work alongside Emmanuella Takyi and Dr. M. Joanne Lemieux of the Faculty of Medicine as a research assistant in the Heritage Youth Researcher Program (HYRS).

Lucy became well versed with more sophisticated laboratory procedures and further refined her already great skills of the scientific method as she helped to overexpress and purify protein needed for invitro assays to study mutations linked to inherited early-onset Parkinson’s Disease.

Last summer our recent grad valedictorian, Milan Cuthbert, worked alongside researchers to collect evidence to continue enhancing our understanding of cancer cells.

Milan was a research assistant at the Cross Cancer Institute through the WISEST Program (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology).

This program has existed for over 35 years to empower women entering in these important fields.

This experience undoubtedly has hugely and positively impacted her as she begins her university studies this fall.

Not only are these programs incredible opportunities for students academically, they also nurture social and communication skills through the additional experiences they provide throughout the program.

The celebration day at the end of the program requires them to give presentations and showcase their professional academia poster reporting their work in a university accepted format.

Ms. Reynolds attended both the WISEST and HYRS teacher appreciation day and was incredibly impressed with the program and the accomplishments of Hughenden Public School students.

However, what resonated with Ms. Reynolds most was the incredible passion and excitement these students had about their futures as a result of their experiential opportunities.

 

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