Terry Nguyen, a senior at Middletown High School, won a third place award at the 66th annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair for his research project, Systemus Lupus Erythematosus: Updated treatments and the MYD88 Pathway.
Nguyen, a student of MHS science department teacher Roberta Downer, worked in a laboratory at Wesleyan University last summer as part of a collaborative effort between Middletown High and Wesleyan that enables MHS juniors to work as summer interns in the science department at the city’s liberal arts college, said MHS Science Chair Richard Pelczar.
He went on to say that each year, MHS science teachers Peter Berry, Linda Fountain, Marianne Antoszek, Judy Kalinowski, Downer and math teacher Steve Lecky meet with a Wesleyan professor to recommend students for the program.
“During these internships, MHS students work with Wesleyan graduate research students and do active research, attend department meetings and special summer lectures,” said Pelczar.
“While working in a lab, Terry came up with some general ideas about how to use the procedures he was learning to apply them to research on lupus.”