Spencer Kim '16 was recently named a semifinalist for the Intel Science Talent Search.
More than 3,000 students applied for the honor, in the nation's oldest pre-college science competition. This places Spencer among the top 300 applicants. His project, which is ongoing, is titled "Non-invasive detection of Breast Cancer on a Smartphone." You can read more about the Intel semifinalists at this link.
Spencer's research exemplifies the opportunities available once students at Belmont Hill complete the rigorous science classes of Forms IV and V. After expressing interest in nanomedicine as a sophomore, Spencer's impact on the field has been significant after approximately eighteen months of research.
"Unique to Spencer's work--and probably what earned him a spot as an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist--is the extent of innovation in his Harvard research lab," said Jared Courtney, director of Belmont Hill's Advanced Science Research program. "After gaining some basic lab skills there, he went well above what his supervisors asked and was able to see the design, testing, and implementation of a fascinating screen for breast or prostate cancer."
Impressively, Belmont Hill has had two Intel semifinalists in the past three years. Mr. Courtney notes, "It is a sign of how talented and hard-working our top science students are in real-world research settings."