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PMSA Student Makes Most of Summer Internship

September 4, 2014 12:55 PM
A Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior spent her summer developing her interest in science.

Ebere Agwuncha was an intern for six weeks this summer at Fermilab, a particle physics and accelerator laboratory in Batavia. The opportunity came after she won a silver medal for her microbiology project at the DuPage County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) last spring.

"I talked about my project through ACT-SO (on my application for the internship), because that is what got me there," Ebere said. "I talked about my passion for technology and the medical field."

Once at Fermilab, Ebere went to work, spending part of her time helping employees to input information into their new data system and helping with technology questions. She also spent much of her time in a classroom, developing projects including making radios, programming robots for races, and designing rockets and boomerangs on computer-aided design programs.

"The best part was definitely the classroom part," she said. "I was able to understand that I do want to become an engineer in the medical field. I knew I wanted to be a biomedical engineer, and that’s what I want to do now."

Ebere said that she was invited back for another internship at Fermilab next year, an experience to which she is looking forward. She said that she also is looking ahead to college next year, possibly at schools including Washington University in St. Louis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Purdue University.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Ebere has worked hard for her achievements.

"Ebere has earned what she has worked for," Dr. Karvelas said. "She is a great example of the high academics that we have at PMSA, and I am certain that she will continue to shine."


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