Bowen Jiang

Bowen Jiang

Independent High School Researcher

Mira Loma High School

Hello! I am a junior at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, California, although I just moved here a year ago from Chico, California, where I had lived for my whole life. I first began my journey in science by raising butterflies when I was very young (the study of which I still pursue as a hobby), but I found my current interest - algae - after my fifth grade birthday, when my parents bought me a microscope as a present. I quickly began a habit of making weekly trips to local ponds and lakes to collect water to explore at microscopic proportions, and I began to cultivate their microorganisms and use them in simple experiments.

In my 9th and 10th grade years, I worked with Dr. Gordon Wolfe at California State University, Chico on a variety of studies with temperate marine microalgae, as well as a few independent projects. Since my move last summer, however, it has been very difficult for me to continue my research while I look for someone at a local university with whom I can work closely. My father had a kidney transplant the same summer, and combined with the move, my parents have not been able to financially back my increasingly complex research projects the way they used to when I was a kid. Although my school has supported me by offering me lab space and helping me connect with a few companies to borrow lab equipment, they are not able to fund me either.

The project I am focusing on now is one I have been interested in for a few years now, and I believe that it can definitely make a meaningful impact in both the pure and applied algal sciences. With your help, I hope to continue my exploration of the microscopic world by perfecting a new tool with which to identify the same algae I once excitedly observed, and present or publish my work so that it may help other scientists in their research. Thank you very much for your consideration!

April 2017
4000 Edison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821