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Med Sci Seniors Present at Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Four seniors in the Medical Sciences Magnet Program at Freehold High School recently participated in the Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University.

Jason Liang gave an oral presentation on his topic, “Rhizoma coptidis Negates the Effects of Glucose on the Lifespan of GAPDH-mutant C. elegans.”

The other three students presented their posters at the symposium. Lynelle Oygenblik’s topic was “The Effect of Hyperglycaemic Induction and Insulin Supplements on the Concentration of VEGF-C in Danio rerio.” Maya Patel’s topic was “Comparison of the Antibacterial Properties of Annona muricata to Vaccinium macrocarpon and Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole Against E. coli.” Mahek Patel’s topic was “The Effect of High and Low Glycemic Index Sugars on the Neurological Function of Caenorhabditis elegans.”

Lynelle won first place for her poster after competing against 40 other top students from schools across New Jersey. Lynelle’s work was unanimously voted first place by the judges. Her project was about how insulin supplements effect the relationship between the ability for lymphatic vessels to grow in cancer in type 2 diabetic patients versus those without type 2 diabetes, but her patients were zebrafish.

This spring Lynelle will travel to New Mexico to compete at the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). According to their website, the National JSHS brings together 230 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, ranking military guests and others also attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.

For over 30 years, the Medical Sciences Magnet Program at Freehold High School has offered students a rigorous program of mathematics and science within a comprehensive high school setting.  The program of study is unique with freshmen beginning their studies in AP Biology and Honors Algebra II and concluding their senior year with Biochemistry and Multivariable Calculus. Our high achieving and self-motivated students are thoroughly prepared for postsecondary studies in the sciences. During their junior year, students design and conduct independent research projects, including statistical analyses, that culminate in a formal research paper presented to the school and community.  Every year, Medical Science students are selected to present these projects at prestigious symposiums such as the New Jersey Juniors Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers, the South Jersey Junior Science Symposium at Ocean County College, the Delaware Valley Science Fair and others.

Seniors participate in a unique externship at CentraState Medical Center. Twice a month, they attend a lecture series and then shadow physicians and health care providers throughout the facility. In addition to this experience, many students also participate in summer internships at institutions such as the NIH, Sloan Kettering, University of Pennsylvania Research Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute.

Medical Sciences Magnet Program students are regularly admitted to prestigious colleges and universities such as Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth University, University of Chicago, Rutgers University Honors Program, and many others. 

Often our students are accepted into undergraduate/medical combined programs at institutions such as Northwestern University's HPME, Washington University of St. Louis, Drexel University BA/MD, George Washington BA/MD, Penn State University BA/MD, TCNJ's BA/MD, and others. After graduation, students have gone on to become physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants, and physical therapists. Others have chosen industry or research careers in biomedical engineering or technology.

Four Freehold seniors presented at the New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium