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SCVTHS STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN 2018 WAKSMAN INSTITUTE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

Shrey Deshmukh, a junior at SCVTHS participated in a 2018 Waksman Institute research project

Shrey Deshmukh, a junior in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Program
at SCVTHS, who participated in the 2018 Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE)
at the Rutgers University Waksman Institute in Piscataway, New Jersey.

 

This past summer, Shrey Deshmukh, a junior in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, participated in the 2018 Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE) at the Rutgers University Waksman Institute in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Shrey was one of 35 students from New Jersey and Texas to be selected through a competitive application process to attend the ten-day program. During the WISE, Shrey conducted a research project focused on DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed plant Landoltia punctate. The genes were then compared to those found in other plant species and organisms. The duckweed plant has attracted interest in the scientific community because of its use in bioremediation and its potential for use as a biofuel.

The WISE culminated in a final presentation in which Shrey created a poster of his findings and defended it to a group of university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the students’ parents/guardians.

Susan Coletta, Senior Science Education Specialist at Rutgers University Waksman Institute said, “Shrey accomplished a great deal during this two-week period. With this level of enthusiasm for scientific research, it is important that these achievements be recognized.”

 

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.