Jocelyn Hernandez Gains Global Recognition With Research Project

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Jocelyn points to her name listed at the International Science and Engineering Fair billboard.

Jocelyn Hernandez, a senior at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy, placed third in the world in Medicine and Health Sciences at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Jocelyn was the recipient of one of five $60,000 international scholarships from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. This is the second time Jocelyn qualifies for an international fair, entitling her to alumni status in the Society for Science & the Public.

The annual event is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual medium for more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions and territories to present their independent research.

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Her project entitled “Seeking a Cure II: Targeting ERß in a Novel Cost-Effective Treatment for Ovarian Epithelial Cancer” sought to eradicate therapy resistance by activating tumor suppression genes with the natural compound, S-Equol. Jocelyn evaluated the efficacy of her research with a cost benefit analysis and discovered her treatment would be 530 times less expensive than chemotherapy. This two-year study has promising results as it confirms S-Equol poses no known side-effects and can minimize the metastatic potential of cancer.

Jocelyn also had the honor of presenting her findings amongst top scientists and medical professionals at the American Association of Cancer Research annual conference in San Diego.

“I am truly humbled and exhilarated by the caliber of projects at Intel ISEF,” said Jocelyn. “Having the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s brightest minds and share common interests is priceless. Presenting our research to Nobel Laureates in the field is even more invaluable.”

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Jocelyn Hernandez makes her way to the stage to be honored for her cancer research project.

by NEISD

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