INTRODUCTION

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.

 

OVERVIEW

ENGINEERING PROJECTS

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.

DATA SCIENCE

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.

PRODUCT DESIGN

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.

APP DEVELOPMENT

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.

PHYSICS

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.

WELLNESS RESEARCH

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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

 

JOURNALS

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

Summer 2020

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

Summer 2020

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.

Summer 2020

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

Summer 2018

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

Summer 2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

 

AWARDS

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

SEMIFINALIST

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