[Source: ASU news release]
Three years ago, Scott Boisvert, an inquisitive freshman from Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, pelted Valley scientists with e-mails in hopes of doing research in a laboratory. “You’re too young. Check back in a few years,” was the norm reply.
However, ASU scientist Elizabeth Davidson, a research professor in the School of Life Sciences, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wasn’t deterred by Boisvert’s youth. Davidson, a veteran insect pathologist, gave him a chance. Davidson’s decision has both empowered Boisvert to shape his career path, early on, and led to national recognition for his research.
Boisvert, now a high school senior, was honored Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C., as one of 20 Davidson Fellows. Created by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, these national awards (not related to Elizabeth Davidson) offer scholarships to extraordinary young people under the age of 18 who display excellence in mathematics, science, literature, music, technology and philosophy. Boisvert received $10,000 and was honored at a dinner at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
In addition to his work at ASU, Boisvert has served as research intern at the Translational Genomics Research Institute through the Helios Scholars summer research program.
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