Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES)
Mia is a rising sophomore at The Agnes Irwin School. She is interested in learning about sustainable ways of living and is also on her school's environmental council. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading, running on her school's cross country team, and catching up on sleep. Her project was focused on turning the harmful air pollutant, NOx, into a calcium nitrate fertilizer. She really liked the TREES program and suggests you apply too!
Ailis is a rising sophomore at Carmel High School in Carmel,California, and her research in TREES investigated the biochemical properties of compounds derived from marine algae. When not in the lab, Ailis can be found volunteering and interpreting at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, participating in local, state, and international science competitions, practicing clarinet, and playing basketball. Ailis is heavily involved in the Teen Conservation Leader program at her local aquarium, has received professional certification through the National Association for Interpretation, and was a 2012 Finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Ailis intends to continue doing independent science research throughout high school and beyond.
Andrewis a rising sophomore at Council Rock High School North. His main environmental concern is the dramatic rise in atmospheric CO2 levels in the past decade, which led to many climate issues. His project this summer at TREES focuses on the concept of iron fertilization, a unique idea of carbon sequestration that uses marine algae to fix CO2.Andrewis trying to determine the optimal iron concentration in the ocean that will stimulate the maximum algae growth, and hence the maximum carbon sequestration, without harming the marine environment.Andrewis also a member of his high school orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
Faasel is a junior who attends Radnor High School, running cross country in the fall and playing tennis in the spring. In the classroom, Faasel does his work while also finding ways to enjoy himself. When he is not doing academic related things or participating in athletics, you can find Faasel playing MarioKart or Super Smash Bros. Because he has always been interested in business, some can find this young man selling food, toys, and accessories around Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania.At TREES, he is using the Ames Test to determine whether corn and canola oil-derived biofuels are more carcinogenic compared to petroleum diesel.
Alex is a rising junior at the Lawrenceville School. His TREES project focused on the antioxidant capacity of caffeic acid. In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading, photography, and playing with his two younger siblings. Looking towards the future, Alex is still unsure about his career path, but, through TREES, has gained even more interest in scientific research. He hopes to make a difference one day…
Annie Lin is a rising senior at Central High School. During the TREES program, Annie’s project was based on determining different nutrient levels in Philadelphia residents and their diets through survey analysis.Outside of the program, Annie is the president of her school's environmental club, SEAS (Student Environmental Action Society), in addition to several other clubs and Chinese ribbon dancing. She is interested in pursuing environmental science and/or international business in the future.
Jared was born in 1996 in the sleepy town of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He has always had a passion for solving the world’s problems, but in the summer of 2012 he was given the chance of a lifetime. During the TREES program, Jared conducted breakthrough research on fracking fluid and filtering techniques. He will continue to combat the injustices of fracking and change the world.
Michelle is a rising junior at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ. Her TREES research is focused on studying the potential of various inexpensive materials in removing arsenic from drinking water. When not thinking about water filters, Michelle enjoys playing the flute and reading. She hopes to study engineering and use her passion for science to make a positive difference in the environment and the lives of people around the world.