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TMLA Junior Anna Ducroiset was invited by the Student Conference for Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History to present a poster abstract of her recent biochemical research.  Although this international conference was designed for Graduate and PhD students, the conference mentors and attendees were impressed by the quality and significance of Anna’s research. 


With other scientists, Anna has worked at a lab in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and at the Marine Biological Lab in Cape Cod during the summer months and also during the school year. The research includes the effect of RoundUp Herbicide (common weed killer) and rising ocean temperatures on a plant species that lives freely in the water and inside of coral reefs.   The free floating plant species is essential for the production of atmospheric oxygen, processing of CO2, and regulating ocean acidification rates as well as for the ability of coral to grow. 


As we become more aware of our planet, we understand that coral reefs are important for many reasons.  They are thought to contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms while providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.


Anna became involved with this project the summer going into 9th grade. Her mentor was her Earth Science Regent teacher who encouraged her interest in science.   Anna intends to continue with this research during her years in high school and then hopefully to pursue this study throughout college.  


Anna claims that she “loves doing the research. It’s so interesting to work with scientists and learn about a million different things at once. I really liked how I was given an absolutely unique experience I could not get anywhere else.”




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Iman Childs' Story

Iman Childs of The Mary Louis Academy’s (TMLA’s) class of 2010 was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Rome, Italy for 9 months while making a documentary as a means of communicating her research. Iman said she wanted to update TMLA because the school played such a big role in her success in college.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Iman graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Magna Cum Laude with a major in Radio/Television/Film. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which enables U.S. citizens to travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

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