This week, four high school students selected by Science, Math, and Technology Education Center to participate in the North Carolina International Science Competition (NCISC) are traveling to Beijing, China to present their research, meet students from other countries, and experience Chinese culture. This blog highlights the journey of these future science rockstars of North Carolina! Today, we hear from Edward Zhao of Cary. See more pictures and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Hello, my name is Edward Zhao. I am a student at the NC School and Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in the United States and I live in Cary. I am in the 12th grade, and I have been doing scientific research since 10th grade. The project I am presenting at NCISC is entitled “Premotor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Meta-analysis.”
I’ve been working on this project since March 2012. My mentor and I came up with the idea together after participating in a symposium on the topic. One reason for the absence of a cure to Parkinson’s Disease is that we are unable to diagnose potential patients early enough. Premotor symptoms often occur earlier in the disease progression and are a promising part of earlier identification of patients. I would like to thank my mentor, Dr. Chen, NCSSM, and the SMT Center for providing the opportunity for me to present in China.
Today was our first full day in China. We visited a science museum and set up posters. That doesn’t sound like much, does it? Well, it felt like we never stopped moving today. It also took quite a bit of effort to translate our research into Chinese. The volunteers here were a big help! Anyways, as expected, we saw lots of people and lots of tall buildings. Our hotel is actually in a pretty quiet place. The school where we are presenting is the largest high school that I have ever seen. Tomorrow, we will be meeting the judges for the first time and presenting.