Seniors win top research prize at Lead Like a Girl Conference
Seniors Laura Ferrucci and Meredith Wilson took home first place at the Lead Like a Girl Conference for their project on antioxidants and cognitive function. The annual conference was hosted by Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Science Research teacher Mary Musolino noted that the students delivered a polished presentation and impressed the judges with their level of knowledge represented in a comprehensive review of the literature, experimental design, and analysis of results.
The students began working on the project at the beginning of this year, combining previous research Wilson had done on memory and cognitive function with Ferrucci’s interest in antioxidants. The project focuses on how antioxidant consumption may cognitively benefit individuals suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Beyond taking home a prize for their research, the scientists most enjoyed the opportunity to walk the halls, hear pitches and experience the magnitude of the research their peers were undertaking. Ferrucci reflected on the experience, saying, “The most rewarding part was seeing so many intelligent, powerful, ambitious young women speaking with such poise and passion about their research.”
The duo, who will graduate in June, both plan to participate in lab and field work in college thanks to their experience in the Science Research program at Sacred Heart.