<p>I was at my laboratory and I happened to see the Siemens webpage open, and I decided to have a look. I started looking more into the competition and I think it is a really cool event.
Now, I'm wondering if I should participate.</p>
<p>You see, I looked on youtube-browsing around and looking for sample research projects that made it to the national competition. I then realized that these kids are amazing. I'm not sure if my research will make it to nationals, but I still want to give it a go.</p>
<p>Let me give you a brief overview of what were researching in my lab and you can tell me what you think: </p>
<p>• From previous studies performed in our lab, we have revealed that neurons express glutamate receptors. Our aim is figure out if these receptors are active or functional. In doing so, we can determine how these glutamatergic and cholinergic neurons are affected in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. We can also use this model to better study the effects of Alzheimer on the brain.</p>
<p>We're going to use a technique in electrophysiology. In additon, we're going to use pharmological tools to test if glutamatergic receptors are active.</p>
<p>Once we figure all of that out, we can apply this to the way Alzheimers is treated. </p>
<p>So, is this a good project? Do I have a good chance?
I want to point one more thing: I'm a minority (African-American female), and I didn't see any african-americans finalist in the competition..should I be worried (LOL)
Also I'm working with a mentor at a University.</p>
<p>all advice, comments, help is completely WELCOMED!!!!!</p>