College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 29, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538

College of American Pathologists Honors Top San Diego Science Students

Five High School Students Receive “Path to a Future in Medicine” Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — The College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded five San Diego–area high school students the College’s 2008 “Path to a Future in Medicine” award.

The winning students were invited to attend the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, on Saturday, September 27, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and to display their projects. In addition, they had the opportunity to tour the CAP ’08 meeting and discuss possible careers in medicine and science, as well as general science issues, with a select group of pathologists and residents. They were also invited, along with their parents, to attend the opening entertainment featuring political experts Mary Matalin and James Carville.

“It is inspiring to see the dedication to science that these five young people have displayed through their research projects,” said CAP President Jared N. Schwartz, MD, PhD, FCAP. “We are honored to feature their work at the College’s annual meeting, as well as provide them with the opportunity meet and discuss their science projects with some of the most highly recognized pathologists from around the country and the world.”

The students who competed at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in March were judged for excellence in five areas: creativity, scientific thought, attention to detail, skill, and clarity.

Winners were:
  • Ilya Gaidarov from Torrey Pines High – Project Title: “High Content Analysis-Based Assay for Cholesterol Accumulation in Macrophages”

  • Eulogio Gallo from Central Union High School – Project Title: “Temporomandibular Disorder and Malocclusion Relationships”

  • Marie Nguyen from Mt. Miguel High – Project Title: “Effect of Nutrient Additives on Ethanol Production by Saccharomyces Cerevisiae”

  • Tia Ray from Central Union High School – Project Title: “Temporomandibular Disorder and Malocclusion Relationships”

  • Edward Schwer from Holtville High – Project Title: “Can You Repeat That? Noise Induced Hearing Loss”

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’ss largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.


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