Jayci Seal attends Joint Science and Technology Institute West


Jayci Seal, of Sparta, was one of 36 high school students attending the Joint Science and Technology Institute West, an educational opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math.

Seal, daughter of Danya Seal, is a student at White County High School.

Seal collaborated with scientists and was mentored by Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory research scientists and other subject matter experts. Projects included:

  • Microscopy and Data Analysis
  • Exploring Solar Energy Technologies
  • Green Microbial Factories
  • Characterization of Bacterial Cave Extremophiles
  • Seeing Plastics for What They Are

The educational program, held June 11-24, was a fully funded research opportunity for high school students from the United States and from U.S. Department of Defense schools around the world. It was sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The programs encouraged students to gain confidence in their own abilities, increased STEM literacy and exposed students to the importance of STEM through hands-on research.

“By immersing them in STEM activities in professional lab environments, we hope to excite them about science and encourage them to investigate STEM career opportunities,” said ORAU section manager Jennifer Tyrell. “Based on the feedback from the students these past two weeks, I think we’ve been able to do just that!”

For a complete list of JSTI participants visit, https://orise.orau.gov/jstiwest/participants.htm


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is a U.S. Department of Energy asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.

ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science. The single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov


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