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High School Student Eli Wang Is Among Three MCCC Students To Complete Honors Science Research at Area Institutions

5/16/13


West Windsor, N.J. – Eli Wang, of Princeton Junction, is just 17 years old.  In the next few months, he will celebrate two graduations: from West Windsor High School South in June and from Mercer County Community College, where he is earning his associate degree in Chemistry, in August.

On May 9, Wang and two other MCCC students, Biology/Chemistry major Rebekah Dietrich of Trenton and Biology/Chemistry major Yifan Zhao of Lawrenceville, presented the findings of research projects they completed this spring. 

MCCC’s Honors Science Research course provides intensive investigative opportunities to several science students each semester, who carry out projects with professors at Mercer and other colleges, as well as research companies.

Wang presented the results of a project entitled “Catalytic Fluorination of Allylic C-H Bonds,” that he completed under the guidance of Dr. Abby Doyle and Dr. Marie-Gabrielle Braun at Princeton University.  Dietrich’s project was “Emergence of Suppressor Macrophages in Ovarian Cancer Culture,” completed under Dr. Jim Riggs at Rider University.  Zhao presented “Molecular Biology Analysis: Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA),” under the direction of Dr. Rachel Siegel at Humigen, one of several Genesis Biotechology Group companies located in Hamilton.

Notes MCCC Chemistry Professor Helen Tanzini, "We had a large crowd of students, faculty and industry professionals who attended the presentation and asked insightful questions.  These three students have worked at a high level this semester, carrying out the kinds of tasks that one finds in an advanced academic setting.  We are very proud of how they represented the college."

For Wang, the research presentation was the culmination of a college career he began at Mercer as a 10th grader.  According to his mother, Allison Ho, he was seeking an environment outside of high school to supplement his academics and decided to test the waters at Mercer with an English Composition class.

Chemistry major Eli Wang, third from left, who completed a research project at Princeton University, is pictured with, from left, Chemistry Professor Helen Tanzini, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, and his mother, Allison Ho.
Pictured following the presentations are, from left, Humigen researchers Dr. Rachel Siegel and Adam Swider, MCCC student Yifan Zhao, Dr. Grant Gallagher, of Humigen, MCCC student Rebekah Dietrich, with Rider University's Dr. Jim Riggs, MCCC Biology Professor Diane Hilker, MCCC student Eli Wang and Princeton University researchers Dr. Abby Doyle and Dr. Marie-Gabrielle Braun, and MCCC Chemistry Professor Helen Tanzini.
From there, Wang took many other courses, especially in math and science.  His studies have included two semesters of calculus and two of organic chemistry.  He plans to transfer to Rutgers University in the fall to study biomedical engineering.

The Honors Science Research Program is coordinated through MCCC science faculty members. To qualify, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their science classes, be recommended by an MCCC professor, and devote a minimum of six hours per week at the research institution.

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