Michelle Chin is a junior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in Brevard County and is a member of the National Honor Society, All-Academic team, and Mu Alpha Theta.  She serves as the President of the National French Honor Society and is principal cellist in her school’s advanced chamber orchestra. Michelle’s interests outside of science include foreign languages and traveling.

Last summer, she won the Green Connection scholarship, sponsored by the French government, to study environmental protection in Paris and La Rochelle for two weeks. Michelle has developed a great passion for protecting the environment and after her trip, created a website (www.greensanctuary360.com) to promote sustainable energy practices.

This year, she won the Best of Show award in the Biological Science category at the Brevard Mainland Regional Science Fair and will be competing at the 2012 Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh. In March 2012, Michelle was selected as one of five delegates to represent Florida at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Bethesda, Md.

Her research this year concentrates on genetic engineering, biotechnology and phytoremediation using organic and transgenic crops. Michelle studied how organic and genetically-engineered plants remove selenium pollutants by means of phytovolatilization. She hopes that her research can aid global efforts to improve chemical run-off conditions and eliminate environmental pollution.

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