Weekly roundup: Troy High School scholar honored for STEM research, alternative education students perform at Segerstrom Center, and more – OCDE Newsroom

by | Aug 5, 2022 | Education

Troy High School student Cloris Shi was recognized for her work in STEM. (The 74 / Cloris Shi)

Two years ago, Troy High School student Cloris Shi conducted research with machine learning methods to analyze six different coronaviruses and the mutations of the receptor-binding domain.

Now, at 15 years old, the incoming sophomore has been named one of this year’s 16 under 16: 2022 Class of STEM Achievers by education news site, The 74.

As reported by EdSource, 16 scholars were recognized by The 74 for their outstanding achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Including Shi, students age 12 to 16 throughout the nation were chosen with the help of an independent panel of judges who conducted the selection process based on three pieces of criteria — creativity, change-making and resilience.

With her innovative research in 2020, Shi was able to predict the genetic links between coronavirus species and variants within a species. The algorithm she created set up a pipeline to study novel viruses and earned her a scholarship by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Her project titled “Analysis of the Amino Acid Frequencies in the Receptor-Binding Domains of Six Coronaviruses” was also nationally recognized in the Broadcom MASTERS top 300 projects — a premier middle school STEM competition.

In addition to her scientific discoveries, Shi started her school’s chapter of STEAM for All, which organizes educational competitions and community service projects to increase interest in STEAM with elementary and middle school students.

Learn more here about all 16 STEM scholars.

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