Award Winners

Sehar Anjum Salman and Jada Nicole Dalley

First Place

A Cytogenic Analysis of Genetic Mutation Induced by Cigarette Smoke in Drosophila Melanogaster

Sehar Anjum Salman and Jada Nicole Dalley

Sehar Anjum Salman and Jada Nicole Dalley

I think one of the greatest things the award did for me was remind me that I had something to offer. I definitely went through some stressful low self esteem moments when it came to 1st figuring out what I wanted to do and then second the entire process of applying to medical school. The award reminded me that some of the top scientists in the country thought that my high school self had something important to share and realizing that would reignite a sense of ambition. Also as proud as I was of that, I couldn't let high school be the peak of my career! -- Sehar Salman
Receiving the Addiction and Science Award led me to my 1st internship at NIDA after high school. I was able to learn about the work day-to-day that goes behind informing the public about the impact of drugs on their life and the network or groups that have a vested interest in events like the National Drug Facts Week. Now I am impacting people's lives in different ways by giving students the opportunity to broaden their horizons through travel abroad. -- Jada Dalley

About the Project: 

Sehar and Jada measured the frequency of observable genetic mutations among Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) that were exposed as larvae to a piece of foam previously saturated with tobacco smoke. 

Where Are They Now?

Sehar Anjum Salman

Undergraduate School: University of Southern California

  • Major: Health and Humanity

Gradudate School: Mississippi College

  • MS, Medical Science.

Medical School: Texas A&M School of Medicine

Jada Nicole Dalley

Undergraduate School: Elon University in North Carolina.

  • Major: International Business, International Studies, and Marketing
  • Minors: Religion, Sales, Economics, and Asian Studies

Job: Staff at a tour company for middle school and high school students who wish to travel abroad.