Regional Math and Science Center

Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium

Success Stories


Ana was a presenter at the 2006 and 2007 Michigan High School Math & Science Symposium on the topic of tardigrades (a microscopic aquatic invertebrate). In her search for a mentor, she began an on-line dialogue with a professor/researcher and eventually visited her in Tennessee. Her work first focused on the relationship between tardigrades and the Emerald Ash Borer and then that of tardigrades and imidacloprid (pesticide) soil-drenching in response to the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the course of her research Ana, discovered a new species of tardigrade. She also entered her research in a regional science fair and earned the privilege of representing the region at the International Science and Engineering Fair (three years in a row) with her best showing being a 2nd Place Grand Award in Zoology. She earned a cash prize and an asteroid was named in her honor. Using her research "credentials," Ana applied for and was accepted to the Research Science Institute at MIT (all expenses paid), was selected as a Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens-Westinghouse Semi-Finalist, and has been invited to present at the International Tardigrade Symposium in Tübingen, Germany in 2009. Ana was accepted into Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. She is attending MIT and was offered over $1 million in college scholarships.


Glenna, like Ana, was a “keynote” presenter at the Michigan High School Math & Science Symposium. She researched the usefulness of mustard plants (brassica) to retard the damage caused by nematodes in agricultural crops. Glenna showed early promise as an 8th grader when she placed well in her middle school science fair and was named a Discovery Channel Young Scientist. In high school she participated in the MHSMSS and was featured in the Phytopathology News for her success at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Her research was published in the Journal of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science and Technology. Also an accomplished artist, athlete and musician, Glenna selected the Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University. The Park Scholarship is a four-year $130,000 scholarship covering tuition & fees, room & board, books & supplies, travel & personal expenses, plus an additional $2,200 stipend toward the purchase of a top-of-the-line computer. While in college Glenna has studied at the University of Westminster in London and was recently named a Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. She has been published in the journal Structure for work on the biochemical switches that activate cancer cell divisions.

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