First Name

Ana

Last Name

K.

Bio

Ana is a Yup’ik Eskimo from Nome, Alaska. Ana is the ideal student. She is naturally intelligent, curious, loves learning, asks great questions, and she enjoys a challenge. Her academic background before arriving at boarding school did not put her at the front of her classes. She did not have many opportunities to study science or rigorous math instruction in her town. Despite this, Ana has consistently met and exceeded all expectations for her in all of her classes. Ana chose to come to Mt. Edgecumbe for the academic rigor and extra-curricular activities that this institution offers its boarding students. Ana has enjoyed her academic courses in Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Robotics, Accelerated English II, Advanced English III and Honors English IV. She has also participated in our Extra-curricular activities of volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and student government. In April of 2018, Ana was inducted into National Honor Society, and later that month voted as the secretary. Ana is a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School with aspirations of earning her Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Ana became interested in materials science and engineering after attending a summer program. In July of 2018, Ana attended Cornell’s Diversity Programs in Engineering, CATALYST Academy. She was one of 40 students selected from an outstanding pool of promising applicants. CATALYST gave her an opportunity to learn and apply the basic concepts of digital logic design in hardware, practice basic programming techniques for software development on microcontrollers, and combine knowledge in hardware and software to build an intelligent system that recognizes human inputs in writing. A research project Ana wants to study is nanotechnology, specifically gold nanoparticles, a branch of technology that deals with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers. Gold nanoparticles are emerging as promising agents for cancer therapy. By using intravenous light therapy, gold nanoparticles can be used to treat cancerous cells. Ana hopes to work under Professor Robinson and his research team to pursue her growing interest in materials science. Her objective is to advance the development of nanotechnology, with the intention of giving cancer patients hope for a longer life expectancy or to completely destroy cancer before it spreads. Opportunities for women in STEM are expanding, and Ana believes that women are valuable to all fields of study. The greater inclusion of women adds to the diversity of perspectives in the STEM field, which is invaluable to the production of innovative research. Although there is only one female in Professor Robinson’s research team, Ana wants to get involved and get other women interested in STEM.