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Summer intern selected to present research at international conference


Sci High senior Makiyah Cormick has been selected to present research findings from his summer internship at the next meeting of the American Geophysical Union!

The American Geophysical Union meeting will be held in December in Washington, D.C. With over 24,000 participants expected, the Fall meeting is the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world. Dr. Cynthia Ebinger leads the Geophysics and Active Tectonics Research Group, where Makiyah interned over the summer. She is the Marshall-Heape Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University. He achieved this award with a “lot of motivation, hard work, plus excellent communication skills,” Professor Ebinger said of the Sci High student.

Makiyah will present his research on the time-space patterns and possible causes of the earthquake swarm on Comoros, which is a volcanic island chain off the eastern coast of Africa. Makiyah was also awarded one of only seven AGU Education travel grants awarded to students, mostly undergraduates, worldwide. He is only the second high-schooler to submit an abstract. "Post-graduation I would like to attend Howard University, majoring in Computer Science. I would like to go on to pursue a career in Software Development" says Makiyah. 

The New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School offers educational and workforce development programs that support the city’s growing science, technology, engineering, and math industries. Sci High’s paid Student Internship Program affords students opportunities to develop real-world workforce experience and technical skills. Students are placed in professional environments with ongoing training in all areas of employment, readying them for high-demand, high-wage careers.

Congratulations, Makiyah!