College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

College of American Pathologists Honors Top Washington, DC Science Students

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

Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded six Washington, DC area high school students the College’s 2009 “Path to a Future in Medicine” award.

The winning students were invited to attend the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, on Sunday, October 11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC, and to display their projects.

In addition, they had the opportunity to tour the CAP ’09 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 gifted historian and storyteller, Doris Kearns Goodwin. Ms. Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, shared leadership lessons and offered insight into the parallels between Presidents Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln.

“It is an honor to recognize these six young people for their dedication to science,” said CAP President Stephen M. Bauer, MD, FCAP. “We are pleased to feature their research projects at CAP ’09 and provide them with the chance to meet and speak with some of the leaders in pathology today.”

The students who competed at the 63rd Annual Washington, DC Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair in March were judged for excellence in five areas: creativity, scientific thought, attention to detail, skill, and clarity.

Winners were:

  • Carolyn Braun from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory High School – Team Team Project Title: “What Have You Been Smoking?”
  • Jerod Hairston from Benjamin Banneker High School – Project Title: “It Has To Work”
  • Cornelia Lluberes from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory High School – Team Team Project Title: “What Have You Been Smoking?””
  • Johlize McNeil from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory High School – Project Title: “Analysis of Vitamin C”
  • Tyleasha Roundtree from Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School (WMST PCHS) – Project Title: “Which Product is Best at Killing Germs?”
  • William Soller from The Schools Without Walls of Washington DC “ Project Title: “Children’s Cough & Cold Medications: Are They Safe?”

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