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Paula Swiercz joined us at the Good Samaritan Institute this summer as part of her senior project for the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College. Under the direction of our own Doug Liles, Paula started straight away on her research, concentrating mainly on the use of natural killer cells in cancer treatment.
This senior project, Capstone as it is known, is designed to be an introduction to the student’s career field of interest. By combining at least 15 hours of field work, a research paper, a portfolio, and a presentation, the student gets an in depth exploration of the subject he or she chooses to concentrate on as well as exposure to the work force in that area.
Because of her high interest in the biological sciences, Paula joined us to further investigate the research side of medicine. After hearing about the natural killer cell treatment, she began her own crash course of the immune system, cancer, components of the blood, and many other topics in order to clearly understand as well as analyze the treatment.
In her time here, Paula hopes to gain a greater knowledge of what goes into getting a new treatment or drug out on to the market as well as be able to identify possible hurdles that the researchers could run into. This is a great experience for a young high schooler and she is making the most of it. It is obvious Paula enjoys her time here, between her passion and eagerness to learn more about medicine, her fascination with the office’s pet snake, Penelope, and her daily end of the day dart games with Mr. Liles. Paula’s experiences here will stay with her through her lifetime as she matures and makes her way through school into the workforce, giving her a step up in deciding what career path to follow.