Harry Amadeo '20 is one of four students selected this year to participate in the new Advanced Math and Science Research (AMSR) Program, which includes an off-campus internship in an R01-level research laboratory and an accompanying course on the fundamentals of scientific research. Harry was chosen for the program along with seniors Portia Cummings, Mallory Ehlers, and Ashley Xu.
Harry is working in the Rovis Lab at Columbia University in New York, NY, which specializes in catalysis using novel techniques and methods with the goal of simplifying synthesis of common compounds. His research project involves testing different substrates in compounds and investigating their effects on the catalysts of which they are a part. The catalysts are primarily light-activated catalysts, meaning that they only begin catalysis upon contact with specific wavelengths of light.
"The Rovis Lab and its constituent researchers have been more than gracious to accept me to work in their lab. I am able to get the experience of working in a real lab, and I feel that this will greatly aid me in my future. I feel very lucky to have been offered this grand opportunity, and I hope to pursue it as much as I can," Harry comments. After college, he hopes to attend graduate school and become an engineer, and he strongly feels that the opportunities afforded by the AMSR Program will not only prepare him well for this endeavor, but also make him a great candidate for admission to top tier schools in an ever-increasingly competitive applicant pool.
Prior to his junior year at King, Harry spent six weeks last summer working full days in the lab, and he now averages six hours per week in the lab, alongside his school obligations during the year. He will also attend another summer intensive internship with the Rovis Lab following the completion of the AMSR course this year to work on finishing his research project and preparing his application for the Regeneron National Science Talent Search competition in late 2019.
Harry was accepted into the AMSR Program based on his impressive performance in accelerated classes. As a junior, he is currently taking Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC and AP Chemistry, and he plans to take Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, and other AP courses during his Senior year beginning in the Fall of 2019.
Outside of school and his internship, Harry is passionate about rocketry, having built and launched his own rockets in his spare time. He highlighted his work with rockets at the 2018 King School Science Fair and earned the top honors as the winner of the event. Since then, he has founded the King School Rocket Club, which will partake in regional competitions in the near future. Harry is certainly a rising star and a student to watch in the coming years.
Established in 2018 by Margharet, Frank, Bea '15 and William '17 Nash, the Advanced Mathematics and Science Study Program endowed fund supports select students with demonstrated ability and interest in achieving true excellence within science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics in global competition preparation, and/or laboratory research experiences. If you are interested in supporting this opportunity for students, please contact the development office to discuss how your gift can help.