Hi! My name is Seung Ah (Annabelle) Choi. I'm currently a senior at Monta Vista High School! Welcome to my website that highlights all my complied independent (and some collaborative) science projects :)
This HOME page contains an overview of my projects as well as my highlighted research (publications & award-winning works) and evaluation forms from college professors who were awesome mentors throughout my projects.
For project details, use the tab above to navigate through the different pages.
Ever since my first independent project designing a toothbrush for people with braces in 7th grade, I've been interested in engineering for the greater good in the field of diverse sciences from biology to chemistry to environmental science to physics.
The rapidly developing technological world has so much potential to uncover hidden patterns that are not easily distinguishable by the human eye. I'm passionate about building algorithms to extract insights from structured and provide ways to better respond to larger problems like pandemics, natural disasters, etc.
I express my creative side through digital platforms on the multi-dimensional level. Aside from the conventional 2D drawings I create in my free time, I love to prototype products using CAD to address needs namely in public health.
With more than 7.7 billion smartphone users in the world, I'm convinced that apps are the most efficient way to make an impact on a large audience. I've self-studied various coding languages and how to use app building platforms to involve myself with the front-end and back-end of developing apps for a wide range of stakeholders.
Some of my physics projects test hypotheses regarding the natural theories and characteristics of physics. Other projects discuss physics in various fields, like biology and environmental science, which gave me the opportunity to become interested in a wide variety of sciences.
Stress and anxiety, emotional fluctuations are a significant problem in today's fast-moving and technologically-advancing society. I strongly believe in the importance of using science and technology for the wellbeing of people and to improve their quality of life.
CORNELL ARXIV: DESIGNING A NOVEL METHOD FOR PERSONALIZING RECOMMENDATIONS TO DECREASE PLASTIC POLLUTION
Published independent research as a first author available on the website, Link to publication
CORNELL ARXIV: AMAZON FAKE REVIEWS
Published collaborative research as a first author available on the website, Link to publication
BIOMEDICAL JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL RESEARCH (BJSTR): ENCAPSULATION OF STREPTOCOCCUS SALIVARIUS IN DOUBLE EMULSION DROPLETS AS A METHOD FOR INCREASING THE EFFICACY OF ORAL TOPICAL MEDICATIONS
Published as a first author with co-author Soonmin Lee, M.D. (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford & Professor @ Yonsei University Severance Medical Center) on the Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (BJSTR) Volume 19- Issue 2: 10.26717/BJSTR.2019.19.003271, Link to publication
Dentist Shadowing Journal - Hand Written notes jot down during the internship
Cardiothoracic Stanford Surgical Skills Intern Journal - The content is in bullet points because I wrote down the content real-time during the internship
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Evaluation from Summer 2017 Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (9th Grade)
EXPERIENCE & EVALUATIONS
Professors that I have worked with at Research Regulated Institutions (RRI) or Professional Job Settings
2017 - Present
DR. JAY CHOI'S ORTHODONTICS
Worked as a weekly dental intern at Dr. Jay Choi's private dental practice.
Closely observed the treatment of various dental conditions.
Assisted in professional service for patients with various dental conditions.
Skills obtained: Crown Molding
Scroll down on this page for the journal highlighting my experience working at the dentist's office
GEORGE MASON U. COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCES, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Worked as a front-end app developer with Professor Theodore Dumas, Ph.D. to develop an application that can detect anomalies in daily routines as an early warning sign for impending cognitive failure
Link to Professor Theodore Dumas's profile
MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY
Learned Git, Github, NumPy, Geopandas through project-based, workshop-style courses regarding remote sensing for natural disaster relief under Dr. Jeff Liu
Assisted in developing the 2020 BWSI PiPACT Project: A research trial exploring Bluetooth applications in proximity detection for COVID-19 Contact Tracing.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Project led by Dr. Laura Turner-Essel, Ph.D. of the Chair Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Presented a capstone project proposing a method to detect stress and anxiety within high schoolers by using a deep learning mechanism to analyze patterns in eye movements
Engaged in various lectures and talks from Stanford faculty working on cutting-edge brain research
Wellness Research Page - Proposing an eye-tracking app that helps self-diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
2019 - 2020
RUTGERS INSTITUTE FOR TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE AND SCIENCE LAB, CHILD HEALTH INSTITUTE, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON HOSPITAL
Worked as a research intern (a cost-free research opportunity) under Dr. Cynthia Koziol-White for 8 weeks at the Child Health Institute of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and worked on my independent research "Understanding How CEBPD Modulates the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Budesonide".
Link to the profile of Dr. Cynthia Koziol-White
Link to my detailed experience
Engineering Project Page - Increasing the anti-inflammatory effects of budesonide for asthmatic patients using the CEBPD-antibody
THE LI KA SHING CENTER AT STANFORD, CARDIOTHORACIC SURGICAL SKILLS INTERNSHIP
Gained basic and advanced cardiothoracic surgical techniques (such as knot tying, dissection, suturing, coronary artery bypass graft, and aortic valve replacements) through hands-on practice and lectures from professionals from the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
Selected as one of the 25 interns that are accepted to the following advanced program.
Scroll down for my journal highlighting this work experience
UC BERKELEY BIOMECHANICS LAB & STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOR PRE-LAB EDUCATION
Researched under the mentorship of Dr. Trevor Gonzalinajec of UC Berkeley Biomechanics Department and Stanford University for the Pre-Lab education for 8 weeks
Physics Page - Studying the relation between the vampire squid morphology on their locomotion
SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS DEPARTMENT
Researched under the guidance of Professor Jeon Dong Lyeol of Seoul National University's Physics Education Department
Physics Page - Determining the brightest wavelength of light in seawater
GACHEON UNIVERSITY PHYSICS DEPARTMENT
Researched under the guidance of Professor Jeong Hee Tae of Gacheon University's Physics Department
Physics Page - Determining the velocity and magnetic field dependence on the magnetic friction and terminal velocity of the magnets moving on a conductor
Selected STEM Awards
TWO TIME CUPERTINO MAYOR PROCLAMATION AWARD FOR SCIENTISTS WINNER
2019 & 2020 City of Cupertino
For my accomplishments at the 2018 and 2019 Synopsys Science Fair
2ND PLACE IN MEDICAL ENGINEERING CATEGORY, SPECIAL AWARD: IBM AWARD $100 CASH PRIZE
2019 Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship
Engineering Projects Page - Increasing the Efficiency of the Topical Medication Triamcinolone Acetonide in the Oral Cavity
2019 Girl's in STEM Technovation Challenge
App Development Page - Share Eyes & Ears (SHAREEE) App
1ST PLACE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CATEGORY, INVITATION TO WINNER'S CIRCLE, STATE QUALIFIER, SPECIAL AWARD: WOMEN IN SCIENCE HONORABLE MENTION
2018 Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship
Engineering Projects Page - Modeling a Bioluminescent Power Source that Enhances the Brightness of Photobacterium Phosphoreum with Optimized Dye-Sensitized Plate
MOST CREATIVE AWARD
2018 Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge
Wellness Research Page - Proposing a Peer Matching Program as a Mechanism to Improve Mental Health
MOST OUTSTANDING AWARD
2017 Berkeley Math Circle Advanced Group
Award recognizing my weekly test scores and homework solutions
2ND PLACE NATIONAL LEVEL
2017 Annual Science Fair at Seoul National University
Physics Page - Discovering the Suitable Wavelength of Light in Seawater
1ST PLACE NATIONAL LEVEL
2017 Korean National Science Fair
Engineering Project Page - Designing a Graphene-Based Solar Cell by Combining Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Heat Power Generation
1ST PLACE NATIONAL LEVEL
2016 Seoul Invention Competition
Engineering Project Page - Designing a Novel Toothbrush for Efficient Tooth Brushing Techniques in Lingual Orthodontics
1ST PLACE NATIONAL LEVEL
2016 Seoul Science Debate Competition
Engineering Project Page - Comparing the Insulation Effect of Natural Insulation to Design an Eco-Friendly Apartment Complex