South High School senior Andria Chen is the recipient of the Gold prize at the 2022 Association of Chinese American Physicians (ACAP) Science Fair. This first-place award, also called the ACAP Presidential Award, includes a monetary prize for both Andria and the South High science research program.
The ACAP Science Fair is a nationwide scientific competition open to middle school and high school students conducting research in the biomedical field. Andria’s project, “Analyzing the Tumor Genomic Landscape of Endometrial Cancer in African American Women,” aimed to understand the genetic differences in various types of endometrial cancers between African American and non-African American women in order to improve risk determination and treatment.
Andria’s project is the culmination of two years of work in the South High science research program, which included summer research in a pathology lab at SUNY Downstate Medical Center with Dr. Daniel Levitan. Her science research teachers at South High are Nicole Spinelli and Dr. James Truglio.