ALAMO – PSJA Memorial Early College High School Junior Amy Huang has been accepted into the highly competitive Cornell University Research Apprenticeship in Biological Sciences in Ithaca, New York.

The Cornell University Research Apprenticeship in the Biological Sciences (RABS) offers serious, research-oriented students the opportunity to join a top notch laboratory at one of the world’s leading research institutions. During this innovative, intensive, and highly selective program, students become part of the renowned biomedical research community at Cornell's Ithaca campus, studying under the guidance of distinguished Cornell faculty members.

Due to the limited number of apprenticeships available, candidates had to comply with several requirements including to have taken at least one AP Biology class and scored at least a four or five in their AP exam. In addition, students had to demonstrate a thorough grounding in cell biology, high interest in their research field of study and submit a strong letter of recommendation from their research mentor and AP Biology instructors.

According to the junior, these were requirements she was easily able to meet due to the high caliber of education and preparation she has received while at PSJA ISD.

"PSJA ISD has provided me with many of the prerequisites required to apply to this program," said Huang who is pursuing an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College. "I am grateful to have amazing teachers that have prepared me in many ways."

As part of the rigorous research apprenticeship, Huang and the other candidates will spend 40 hours or more a week immersed in an investigative project, prepare a written report suitable for publication and give an oral presentation of research conducted to lab colleagues at Cornell University. Upon completion of the summer program, she will earn six transferable college credits, which are roughly equivalent to two three-credit university courses.

"I feel extremely lucky to have been chosen and look forward to the possibilities it will provide me not only academically, but socially," Huang said. "I look forward to conducting research under accomplished professors and meeting individuals from around the world."

While at PSJA ISD, Huang has participated in numerous UIL activities including Ready Writing, Math and Science and has been an active member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Student Council and Business Professionals of America (BPA). She recently also earned a 2nd place at the UTRGV High Scholars Research Program in Chemistry.