BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater residents sophomore Rima Amin and senior Ritu Peddinti, students in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, took part in the 2019 Waksman Institute Summer Experience at the Rutgers University Waksman Institute in Piscataway.

According to a release, Amin and Peddinti were two of 34 students from New Jersey and New York selected through a competitive application process to attend the program.

During the program, they conducted a research project focused on DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed plant, Landoltia punctate. The genes, the release said, were then compared to those found in other plant species and organisms.

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"Rima and Ritu accomplished a great deal during this two-week period," Susan Coletta, senior science education specialist at Rutgers University Waksman Institute, said in the release. "With this level of enthusiasm for scientific research, it is important that these achievements be recognized."

Peddinti said in the release that the experience was delightful, and the program was "extremely engaging and worthwhile."

Amin said in the release that she is excited to do more research in the future.