Molecular Substitutions That Can Change The Way We Think About Biology

Life is primarily composed of a select set of elements that are considered necessary to sustain life: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur. With nitrogen composing approximately 78% of our atmosphere; oxygen and hydrogen, in the form of water, covering 71% of Earth’s surface; and carbon, phosphorous, and sulfur filling the sediments of our planet, it... Read more

What Research Means to Me

Research: Investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The definition above is a set of words that holds little significant meaning to most high school and... Read more

A More Efficient Polymerase Chain Reaction Procedure Through Interactions Between Light and Free Electrons

What would you say if someone told you that you could generate millions of copies of DNA samples in a matter of minutes with just the switch of a light?  It seems pretty unrealistic, right?  Well, bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley have recently developed new technology that can make the PCR procedure much... Read more

The Freshman Fifteen

It’s a three word phrase that every high school senior is aware of, regardless of gender, age, or current weight. In the high school setting, there seems to be an air of mystery around the subject of the infamous weight gain that accompanies a freshman’s first year in college. Since the mid-1980s when the Freshman... Read more

New Horizons, Old Debates

One of the longest debates between scientists has been over Pluto. Is it a planet? A dwarf planet? Some third option?   In 1902, Percival Lowell, an American astronomer, predicted the existence of a planet beyond Neptune from the distortions in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus. He began an unsuccessful search for this planet in 1905.... Read more

Learning Communication Skills from Ants

I recently had the pleasure to spend a month doing research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. This Institute ranks within the top ten every year in terms of research quality (the proof is here) and one of the projects I was able to work on, Antlab, was published in the journal Nature Communications just... Read more

Student Feature: Kriti Lall

Kriti Lall: The Power of Curiosity Now a freshman at Harvard College studying Chemical and Physical Biology, Kriti Lall lights up the classroom with her warm California smile. “Harvard is an incredible place,” she says, “I’m really excited to explore more and expand my intellectual capabilities over the next four years.” Lall graduated from Castilleja... Read more

Meet the Editor-in-Chief!

Shreya Singireddy – Magazine Editor-In-Chief Shreya Singireddy is from Daytona Beach, Florida, and attends Johns Hopkins University as a pre-medical student. When she’s not acting as the Editor-In-Chief of The Scientific Student Magazine, she enjoys cooking and baking (especially unique desserts like corn ice cream or raspberry basil cupcakes), playing the ukulele, and watching way... Read more

The Scientific Student – Staff and Details

Editor-in-Chief Shreya Singireddy Editors  Ruby Halfacre Daryn Dever Serena Liles Writers Dalton Price Kristine Wong Lilin Tong Danielle Adams Bo You Ayush Halder Angus Preston   Cover Design Katherine Im The image on the magazine cover was provided courtesy of CollegeDegrees360. For more information about the image please click here.

Got a Slight Fever? Skip the Medicine

For centuries now, we have become accustomed to simply taking a dose of medicine when our body temperature rises the slightest bit. After all, from the rise of modern medicine in 1800 to present day, it has become a norm in society, seeming like the right thing to do. However, this may not be the... Read more