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    Andrew Ying 


ISRP pushed me to dive deeper into an area I am passionate about, and it encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in order to explore that area. Without ISRP, my interest in food allergies would not have gone beyond reading some news articles and talking to my allergist. However, in the program, I learned how to read incredibly awesome science articles, reach out to a mentor, secure a research internship, and analyze data. I would not have had the skills or confidence to do any of that without ISRP.
- Lily Napach ‘21

ISRP provided me with incredible opportunities and valuable skills for the future. Being able to research such advanced physics was a dream come true and having the skills to do proper scientific research is a big help going into future research at university.
- Josh Saha ‘20

I loved the ability to explore learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. High school is full of classes where you have to finish assignments on the teacher's schedule and you often are not interested in the subject. IRP gave me a chance to explore learning where I was the motivation and I could focus on what most interested me. The aspect of self-driven learning is so critical in college because no one is checking up on you like they are in high school so learning this skill starting from 10th grade has been integral in my college experience.
- William Crainer ‘19
School Life

Independent Science Research Program

Established in 2015, the Independent Science Research Program at Hackley provides students with a passion for science the opportunity to participate in authentic scientific research in a genuine setting.
This three-year program is designed to give students first-hand experience in conducting research, thus bridging the gap between a traditional high school science curriculum and the process behind real-world scientific discoveries.

Students accepted in the program will spend each summer after their sophomore and junior years working closely with research scientists to conduct self-designed experiments, either in an academic, medical or industrial lab. The program culminates with the students submitting their results to regional, national and/or international science and engineering fairs.

Students prepare for the challenges of conducting research during the school year by learning foundational skills such as performing proper literature reviews, reading and analyzing data, and presenting results. The program also aids students in identifying and contacting potential mentors at universities and research facilities. Once a student has paired with a mentor, they work together to design an experiment to be carried out over the summer. Ideally, the mentor and student find the experience mutually rewarding, so they can continue working together throughout the academic year in preparation for future experiments during subsequent summers.


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  • Jinlin Cai ‘22 

    Jinlin Cai ‘22 

    Jinlin’s research contributes to the effort of discovering the Higgs boson, and other beyond standard model particles, in particle accelerators and detectors.
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  • Dionne Chen ‘22 

    Dionne Chen ‘22 

    Dionne’s research looked at whether behavioral inhibition, shyness, and social anxiety disorder all followed the same trajectory in children aged 2 to 4, as in children aged 4 – 13.
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  • Joey Nadol ‘22 

    Joey Nadol ‘22 

    Joey’s work focuses on improving the detection of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System.
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  • Michael Potanin ‘22 

    Michael Potanin ‘22 

    Michael created a selection guide for scientists to decide which of the 4 CRISPR technologies should be used when deciding to do gene editing.
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  • Daniel Zhang ‘22 

    Daniel Zhang ‘22 

    Daniel designed a computational framework to identify genes that are important to Alzheimer's disease. His research found potential novel treatment targets for Alzheimer's, which he is working to validate at various labs.
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  • Vihaan Dheer ‘23 

    Vihaan Dheer ‘23 

    Vihaan developed a novel mathematical model for optimizing operations on a quantum computer.
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  • Callie Duggan ’23 

    Callie Duggan ’23 

    I am focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism and how treatments can improve the quality of life of children with these disorders.
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  • Isabella Fauber ‘23

    Isabella Fauber ‘23

    I am studying systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome, two autoimmune disorders, and how we can utilize the gut microbiome to understand the pathogenesis of such diseases and how we can treat them.
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  • Akshi Khowala ‘23

    Akshi Khowala ‘23

    My topic of research focuses on the optimization of a gene-editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9. This technology has the potential to treat many genetic diseases, especially blood diseases like Sickle Cell Anemia. However, an obstacle impeding the application is adverse effects which could cause severe adverse effects, such as cancers, to arise.
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  • Kiran Marfatia ‘23

    Kiran Marfatia ‘23

    Kiran’s work was to write programs in Python to develop aircraft simulations, specifically regarding the aerodynamics of the wings and flaps of a plane.
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  • Aiden McComiskey ‘23 

    Aiden McComiskey ‘23 

    Aiden’s research created a model to map ECoG signals to text in order to help patients who have lost the ability to speak.
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  • Noah Nager ‘23

    Noah Nager ‘23

    Noah’s work was the development of a model relating West Nile Virus incidence and types of land cover around the Gulf Coast. His model can be applied as an early warning system for public health officials when determining whether or not to undertake land development projects.
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  • Advith Sharma ‘23 

    Advith Sharma ‘23 

    Advith used data science to conduct an analysis of water stress and drought in the Southwest US that can be used to manage the devastating risk to communities in the coming years.
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  • Ava Troso ‘23

    Ava Troso ‘23

    I am researching the effects of gluten free diets on mitigating neurologic symptoms of Celiac Disease.
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  • Steven Yu ‘23 

    Steven Yu ‘23 

    Steven studied how eyewear protected against transmission of respiratory viral infections, including SARS-CoV-2.
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  • Aniketh Arvind ‘24

    Aniketh Arvind ‘24

    I am studying biomimetics, which is a novel field of robotics where scientists aim to emulate an organisms’ unique biological characteristics in robots. The purpose of such a field is to increase efficiency.
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  • Katherine Chen ‘23

    Katherine Chen ‘23

    I’m studying the applications of the gene-editing technique called CRISPR which has the potential to cure genetic diseases and is also used to study the underlying causes of disease to understand them better.
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  • Allison Chin ‘24

    Allison Chin ‘24

    I’m studying potential Alzheimer’s disease cures and treatments, with a focus on non-pharmaceutical therapies.
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  • Charlotte Feehan ‘24

    Charlotte Feehan ‘24

    I am studying monoclonal antibody therapies and their potential to be effective treatments for breast cancer. Monoclonal antibodies are lab-engineered molecules with the ability to identify and attack tumor-specific antigens. In recent years they have become the most promising passive immunotherapy in the medical field. Currently, I am researching monoclonal antibody drugs that are designed for patients of aggressive breast cancers, as well as the effect that they will have in future treatment.
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  • Harper Kelsey ‘24

    Harper Kelsey ‘24

    I’m studying ways to differentiate stem cells in a lab into gametes to be used for reproduction.
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  • Remi Myers ‘24

    Remi Myers ‘24

    I am studying the different possible cures and treatments for food allergies.
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  • Sam Nadol ‘24

    Sam Nadol ‘24

    I am studying ways to improve the efficiency of rocket engines so that we can go farther into the solar system or carry more weight with the same amount of fuel, both of which would allow us to perform more science.
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  • Eliza Podvalny ‘24

    Eliza Podvalny ‘24

    I am studying Alzheimer’s Disease and understanding more about its genesis, to develop a reliable treatment for patients to use. Specifically, I am trying to understand the relationship and pathology of two proteins that are directly related to the onset of this disorder.
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  • James Potanin ‘24

    James Potanin ‘24

    I’ve been learning and reading about new techniques to make lithium-ion batteries stronger, longer-lasting, and safer.
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  • NJ Roc-Sennett ‘24

    NJ Roc-Sennett ‘24

    I am studying schizophrenia, which is a severe mental illness that is predominantly characterized by hallucinations and delusions. Schizophrenia is chronic and there is no known cure, so I am looking at ways to learn more about this disease as well as explore possible cures.
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