A Proviso East High School student will be spending her summer conducting scientific research at Loyola University.
Amelia Jimenez, who will be a senior at Proviso East in August, will work eight hours a day in a laboratory at Loyola as part of the Project SEED research program, studying different areas of biochemical research under the tutelage of Dr. Miguel Ballicora and Dr. Dali Liu. Project SEED, which is sponsored by the American Chemical Society, provides a mentorship program for high school students who have an interest in the scientific field, said Mr. Glenn Lid, a science teacher at Proviso East who encouraged Amelia to apply for the program.
"It’s a great opportunity to learn what scientists do all day," Amelia said.
Amelia is the sixth Proviso East student to be picked for the Project SEED program at Loyola, Mr. Lid said. She follows recent Proviso East graduates Kristen Alanis, who won a $2,500 scholarship from the program when she graduated in 2013, and Jenny Ramirez, who studied the atomic makeup of precious metals during the summer of 2013 before her senior year.
Mr. Lid said that Amelia is similar to previous students who were selected.
"She’s a very hard worker and it’s going to take her far," Mr. Lid said. "This program changes their whole outlook on things. They’ve been all successes because they’re willing to stick their necks out."
Along with the education that she will receive at Loyola, Amelia also will receive a stipend of $2,500 for her work. She said that she hopes to continue working in a field such as dentistry where she can help others.
"I want to be the type of person who makes their lives easier," she said.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that Proviso East is proud to have Amelia as a student.
"Amelia is a good example of the type of student we have in our school," he said. "She has worked hard and achieved excellence because of that hard work. We need to continue to inspire and encourage our students to find their interests and then achieve greatness in those areas."