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We would like to thank our phenomenal advisors and mentors who helped us along the way. They were patient, readily available to troubleshoot and discuss our project, and we would not have been able to accomplish nearly as much without them.

Stephanie Hays
Asif Rahman, PhD
Alyssa Henning
Melodie Knowlton, PhD
Howard Goldsweig, MD

Committing to participation in the high school division of iGEM is a big deal for a secondary school. Here is a brief statement from Melodie Knowlton, our current chair of the Science Department:

"CSW's Science Department encouraged our students to participate in iGEM because of the cross-discipline nature of the activities. The iGEM competition teaches students how to collaborate and to think critically. It challenges students and helps to deepen their understanding of the sciences. Moreover, synthetic biology provides an engineering context in which to learn molecular biology, genetic engineering and microbiology methods. It also provides a means to explore current and emerging research technologies that are hard to address in most high school science classes. High school iGEM also provides an avenue for students to build relationships with research scientists. Students collaborate with academic faculty in synthetic biology and scientists in biotech companies, extending the teaching of molecular genetic techniques into real world and authentic applications."