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Beacon-News: IMSA students find research is key to high school experience

huerta.jpgThe Beacon News ran a feature story on this year's IMSAloquium on the front page of the May 4 paper, interviewing and photographing six students from the Aurora area who have done incredible research over the last year. Julian Pacheco, Faith and Hope Leslie, Divya Jasthi, Alyda Huerta, and Sweta Kotha are inspirational in the article, explaining their research and future aspirations. Click through to read the article about IMSA's unique research programs and the amazing students who participate in them.

From the article:

Eighteen-year-old Alyda Huerta, who attended West Aurora High School before enrolling in IMSA, went to Kyoto, Japan in November to present research she did last year with Loyola University Chicago to find a new therapeutic approach to helping people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder characterized by muscle weakness.
 
Being able to talk to students from around the world was a good introduction to how she might collaborate with international scientists and engineers one day, she said.
 
This year, Huerta chose to do an independent study with a research project of her choosing: building a battery from food waste, such as apples or mangoes.
 
"I've always been a very curious person, that's why research called to me," said Huerta, who wants to pursue engineering and will be heading to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after she graduates.