Jessica Yao of Clark, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, certainly made the most of her opportunity to share her scientific research with a presentation at the Lead Like a Girl Conference at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton on April 6. 

After her application was accepted, Jessica worked hard to prepare a thorough presentation on her topic – Proteomics. In her presentation, Jessica explained the identification and quantification of proteins, the determination of their localization, modifications, interactions, activities and functions. She was one of four students to receive recognition with a prize, a $5,000 grant earmarked to support future research.

“It was really amazing,” Jessica said. “It was a pleasure to attend this conference. I got inspired a lot.”

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Jessica added that she would like to see her classmates take advantage of this opportunity next year. A science lover who would like to study biology in college, Jessica plans to conduct more STEM research and attend similar workshops, conferences and events in the future.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.