ASR Year 1
What area of research am I interested in?
Oncology, generally, is the study of cancer. Oncology is a very broad branch of science, including cancers from leukemia to neuroblastomas. My research interest categorizes under brain cancer, which is also know as neuro-oncology. I actually got motivated to explore oncology when I first heard that my grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer. As I looked into oncology, I realized that I was more interested in brain cancer than any other type of cancer. Furthermore, what was more intriguing to me about neuro-oncology is that it is difficult to treat and that is it was the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20.
- Primary brain tumors occur in people of all ages, but they are more frequent in children and older adults.
- Metastatic brain tumors are more common in adults than children.
- For every 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 221 are living following the diagnosis of a brain tumor.
Grade Level: I am currently a sophomore in high school, and also a Year 1 Advanced Science Researcher.
Ethnicity and Country of Origin: I am an Asian, originating from Bangladesh. Bangladesh is directly to the right of India and under Nepal.
Research Motivation: I applied to the Advanced Science Research Program (ASR) so I can get experience doing advanced research in the field of neuro-oncology. Ever since I was in fifth grade, I was keen to understand what cancer was and decided from there on that I wanted to be an oncologist. As I researched more into oncology, I realized that I had much more interest in neuro-oncology. I would like to specifically study glioblastomas because almost every known treatment proved to be ineffective towards treating this type of malignant tumor. I have a passion and desire to help individuals diagnosed with cancer, which is really what motivates me to study neuro-oncology.
If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Ms. Charlene Chan, the science research director, at firstname.lastname@example.org