My name is Michal Ruprecht and I'm a first generation American. I'm an 18-year-old soaring incoming college freshman at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and my hometown is Queens, New York. I'm the youngest presenter at the largest science society's national meeting, youngest recipient of a travel grant from the largest science society, an environmentalist, Flint water crisis and women in STEM activist, NeuroLab Scholar, and author. Although I was born in America, I'm trilingual. I'm fluent in English, Polish, and Spanish. I value diverse learning environments and am passionate about serving my community and learning about other people's struggles.
● Synthesis of "three-legged" tri-dentate podand ligands incorporating long-chain aliphatic moieties, for water remediators, and for isolating metal ions in non-aqueous solution
Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe, MI
SEPTEMBER 2014 - JUNE 2018
● Positively sloping GPA. Cumulative GPA of 4.21.
● Member of the National Honors Society chapter at GPN HS.
● Multiple AP courses sophomore through senior year. 10 credits in 4 years.
Research Assistant — Wayne State University School of Medicine
Performed DNA isolation and determined DNA concentration of mice tails using spectrophotometer and PCR, and found genotype of mice with agarose gel electrophoresis. Supervised by Dr. Shunbin Xu.
Research Assistant — University of Detroit Mercy
Investigated ligands that could pull metal ions out of aqueous solution. Presented the research project at the ACS Chemistry Regional Conference being the only high school group. Supervised by Dr. Mark Benvenuto.
President and officer — GPN HS Chemistry Club
Restored struggling club, grew membership by 233% and number of projects by 300%, created social media presence and websites, and set club up for continued success. Presented at numerous events.
Volunteer tutor — GPN HS and Private Home
Over 61 hours of volunteer tutoring K-12 students.
Volunteer and shadower — St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit
Over 98 hours of volunteering in the Emergency Department and shadowing physicians and PAs in seven specialities.
Team America Rocketry Challenge Participant
Led team to design, construct, and successfully launch model rocket to 800 feet and return two uncracked raw hen eggs using an Aerotech engine.
National Chemistry Olympiad Participant
Led team of students to prepare for and took the local exam at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Violin Player — GPN HS and Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestras
Played advanced music along with professional musicians and participated in seasonal Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra Concerts. Performed with GPN HS Symphony Orchestra freshman year.
● "Green Chemistry Education: Recent Developments," the fourth volume of "Green Chemical Processing” contributing author
● American Chemical Society CIBA Travel Award for Green Chemistry Research (first high schooler recipient)
● Network of Educators in Science and Technology Student Award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
● AP Scholar with Distinction Award
● Spanish Student of the Year Award
● ACT National Career Readiness Gold Level Certificate
● Steven Kosmas, chemistry teacher at GPN HS
● Susan Speirs, biology teacher at GPN HS
● Shari Adwers, journalism adviser at GPN HS
● Dr. Shunbin Xu, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Wayne State University School of Medicine
● Dr. Mark Benvenuto, Chemistry Department Chair at the University of Detroit Mercy
● Brian White, counselor at GPN HS
In the news
"Grosse Pointe North student discovers Flint water solution in chemistry class"
"Winners Announced for the Ciba Award in Green Chemistry"
"North student takes research to next level"
"Student researches Flint Water Crisis, wins award"
"Senior wins the American Chemical Society Ciba Travel Award" "Chemistry Club research to be published" "Three teams compete in nationwide competition: Team America Rocketry Challenge" "To infinity and beyond: Rocketry Club" "First annual Chemistry Club election showcases the future" "Chem Club students embark on hands-on experience" "Open house offers families school tours" "Freshman capitalizes on traveling lifestyle"
"High school student researches Flint water crisis, wins award working with professor"
"Grosse Pointe High Schooler wins chemistry award"
"Nationwide Student Walkout: What's happening in and out of schools"
Letters of Recognition
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder United States Senator Debbie Stabenow
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Our research showed that if our ligand could pull metal ions into a nonpolar solution called monoglyme, it should be able to pull metal ions out of aqueous solution. This ligand could potentially pull metals from tainted water.
I received the 2017 American Chemistry Society Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry Research as the first high schooler recipient. I will attend and present my Green Chemistry Research from August 19-23, 2018 at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts to over 11,000 scientists and Nobel Prize winners. My group and I also presented at the ACS Regional Conference in Dearborn, Michigan as the only high school group. Click here to view our abstract from the conference. Our research will be published in "Green Chemistry Education: Recent Developments," the fourth volume of "Green Chemical Processing." I am a contributing author. Click here to find more information about the book on the publisher's website.
I was also awarded the 2016-17 Network of Educators in Science and Technology Student Award: "Promise of the Future," an award presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The poster below showcases our findings.
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I examined the role of microRNA in bacterial keratitis. MicroRNA is a newly-acknowledged level of gene expression regulation, and bacterial keratitis is a corneal infection caused by bacteria commonly affecting contact-lens wearers. I specifically examined pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced keratitis, which causes blindness and visual disabilities. I also aimed to identify new treatment strategies and therapeutic targets for the disease.
During my time at Wayne State University School of Medicine, I performed DNA isolation and determined DNA concentration of mice tails using a spectrophotometer and polymerase chain reaction, found the genotype of mice with agarose gel electrophoresis, and prepared and analyzed bacterial culture plates. I used these laboratory techniques to investigate the role of the microRNA-183/96/182 cluster and ways in which it helps regulate the innate immune response to pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced keratitis infection. I also examined the potential of the anti-microRNAs, which are found in the cluster knockdown, to shield the cornea from unfavorable effects of the disease. This research could help develop new approaches to fight antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and tumors that bypass the immune system. Because this research is ongoing, I will continue my work with Dr. Xu next summer in 2018.