Students Complete Research with UTC

Students Complete Research with UTC
Posted on 08/12/2022
Enrique Rodrigues and Vinesah Goodwin with UTC staff
Two Heritage students - Enrique Rodriquez (2022 graduate) and Vinesah Goodwin (rising junior) - were selected to participate in an exciting program this past summer. For the first time, UTC hosted a paid internship for high school students interested in learning more about research and science. This program called Project SEED provided three available spots to local teenagers and Heritage claimed two placements! Sponsored by a grant from the American Chemical Society, they worked in a research lab all summer, gaining real-world research experience with the camaraderie of undergraduate science majors, graduate students in the field, and fantastic chemistry professors. 

At the end of their program in late July, Mrs. Hayen attended a celebratory dinner and seminar where each of the students presented their research. She commented, "It was exciting and gratifying to be there. We have provided the educational foundation they needed to qualify and participate so successfully! But the kids impressed everyone all on their own."

Vinesah will publish her research findings in a formal publication later this year. Enrique's work helped him fine tune his direction as he majors in science at KSU. Both of them are now eligible for more opportunities as well as college scholarship opportunities. 
We have so much to be proud of, but this is a particularly noteworthy accomplishment for these two students 

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