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Afiya Quryshi ’20 Earns National Accolades for Research

Congratulations to Afiya Quryshi ’20, who traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) from April 24 to 28. Quryshi earned first place at the regional competition in January, and the top two regional delegates each presented their research in oral sessions at the national symposium to compete for military-sponsored undergraduate tuition scholarships. Quryshi’s presentation was titled “Role of GATA4 in Early Gastrointestinal Tract Development.” All other regional delegates presented their research in a poster session.

In addition, Quryshi was named one of 80 high school students worldwide to attend the seven-week Research Science Institute (RSI) to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer. RSI accepts only 2% of applicants to participate in its cost-free, summer science and engineering program in which on-campus course work in scientific theory is combined with off-campus work in science and technology research.

“The sciences need more future female leaders like Afiya,” said Erin Heaney, Upper School science teacher. “She will face and conquer any academic challenge, and is always looking for ways to better herself, her community, and our school. She is truly an impressive teenager.”
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