The Princeton Day School REx Program
The Princeton Day School REx Program

The REx Program is Princeton Day School's signature science research experience program for Upper School students. US Biology teacher Dr. Carrie Norin recently announced that all seven of her current REx students have now been accepted into summer internships at some of the nation's most prestigious university labs this summer.

Walter Emann will do an internship with Dr. Joel Kingsolver in the Department of Biology on plant-insect interactions and phenotypic plasticity at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Raina Kasera will do an internship with Dr. Steven Malcolmson in the Department of Chemistry on the discovery of catalysts for biological molecules at Duke University.

Eleanor Myers will work with Dr. Daphne Munroe in the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University on climate change pressure on marine ecosystems.

Angela Talusan with do an internship with Dr. Anna Nolan in the Department of Environmental Medicine at NYU - Langone Health on lung function in 9/11 first-responders.

Jacob Tharayil will work with Dr. William DeGrado in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of California - San Francisco on protein design and antibiotic resistance.

Elsie Wang will do an internship with Dr. Christine Denny in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University on memory and learning in mice and Alzheimer's disease.

Lydia Wu will work with Dr. Robert Anders in the Department of Pathology at the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins University on liver cancer & cell death, cancer immunotherapy.

In the photo, from left to right, are the 2018 PDS REx students: Angela Talusan, Jacob Tharayil, Walter Emann, Lydia Wu, Eleanor Myers, Raina Kasera, Elsie Wang, and Dr. Carrie Norin

More about the REx Program:

In the REx program, students in the 11th grade have the opportunity to take a science course where they explore the nature and processes of scientific discovery through guided inquiry, dynamic lessons, and rich discussions. Through independent study, students dive deeper and choose a field that resonates with them. Guided by faculty, students then apply for summer internships at leading professional and academic laboratories across the country. After the internship, students have the opportunity to present the research to the PDS community the following fall.

All of these experiences serve to give students a window into the world of scientific research and perhaps develop their passion for a future career in this field. For more about PDS REx, visit this webpage.