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PMSA Students Chosen to Participate in One of the Top Pre-College Research Programs in the Nation

Three Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy juniors have been selected to participate in what has been described as one of the top pre-college research programs in the nation. Markethia Jacob, Joneshia Yates, and Tazjaye Carpenter were chosen out of 900 college and high school applicants around the world.

The program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. It invites students to a three-day journey of research and discovery.  Students are paid a stipend and invited to stay on the University of Wisconsin campus. During their stay, they learn more about the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), conduct research in science laboratories, get involved with hands-on experiments in STEM fields, interact with college students, and work side-by-side with university faculty and staff.

“I was really anticipating getting into the program,” said Tazjaye. “I want to explore my career options and learn more about the science and research fields.”

Both Markethia and Joneshia agreed.

“We’re excited about learning more about the field,” said Joneshia. “It will be a good experience—something good to add to college applications.”

The students were encouraged to apply by their own PMSA research teacher, Ms. Humbert.

“I’m really excited and really proud of them,” she said. “It’s exciting when your students can take advantage of a program like this. They work really hard in class, and they continue to go above and beyond in the course.”

All three PMSA students will conduct research in pharmaceuticals with Dr. Chanaka Mendis. The students will join other high school and college students as they study signaling activities and gene expression patterns to identify, target and block cellular activities that make pharmaceutical drugs ineffective. The pre-college research sessions takes place on three separate weekends throughout the month of April.  Students are paid $200 for their weekend of intense research.

Congratulations Markethia, Joneshia, and Tazjaye. You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

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