201 CURE Intern: Peter Kwak

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Peter Kwak

Tigard High School

Mentor: Gaurav Sahay, Ph.D. 

Peter Kwak's interest in medicine and scientific research comes from very unfortunate circumstances—losing his mother when he was a young boy, and his grandmother's recent diagnosis of advanced dementia. These painful life experiences have given Peter an intense interest in science, and the ability of research to create solutions for human suffering.

As a result, he pursued a rigorous course load at Tigard High School,where he graduated in June with a 4.0 GPA. He was ranked first in his class out of almost 500 students, and earned an International Baccalaureate diploma. Peter won the American Legion Medal, and the President's Education Award for his high achievement in academics. He is a member and officer with the Speech and Debate team, Astronomy club, and National Honors Society, as well as serving in student government.

In addition to his academic achievements, Peter volunteers extensively. He is active in Key Club,the Good Neighbor Center, and Medical Teams International. He is a frequent tutor at the Tigard Tutoring Club, helping students in math and science. He also co-founded and serves as vice president for Future Innovators Experience, a group of youth working to bring an idea to market under the guidance of a Harvard MBA graduate. As the first in his family to attend college, Peter has earned a full scholarship to Stanford University, and he credits his experience in the CURE program with giving him the extra edge in the highly competitive application process.

Peter is a second year participant in CURE, returning to the lab of Gaurav Sahay, Ph.D. His research topic is "Cell Penetrating Nanorods for Intracellular Drug Delivery".