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Lauren Hodge

Lauren enjoys a variety of activities, but has a special passion for science. Every year since third grade year (at age 7), she has completed science fair projects since mainly for her own educational benefit. She was named grand champion at her school many times, and has participated in Envirothon and Mathcounts.

A thirteen-year-old sophomore honors student at Dallastown High School, she takes summer college classes at York College and Penn State York and attends rigorous summer camps. In her spare time she plays violin and piano, reads, does puzzles, and draws. She attended a District Orchestra for the past two years and was selected to perform a piano concerto with her high school orchestra in May. She hopes to do an undergraduate degree in science and music, and then pursue a doctorate degree.

She said that completing this science research has been a journey—the knowledge and experience gained along the path, the opportunity to collaborate ideas and the potential to improve our quality of life is her ultimate goal.

7 Responses to Lauren Hodge

  1. Danlu says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I am working on a science fair with my partner that is based on your project. We are testing for the same thing except on fish and using different, more complex marinades like the kind that some people would use. We would like to have a little more detail regarding the procedures of your project and calculating the concentration of PhIP. I would really appreciate it if you could give us some more details on how you carried out the experiment.

    Thank you, please contact me ASAP at danlu.liu1997@gmail.com (preferably before Jan 14).

    Once again, thank you.

    Danlu Liu

  2. Abhi says:

    You gave a great presentation. I was just curious since you had mentioned you performed the experiments at Penn State main campus which is several hours from Dallastown. How were you able to manage traveling there and how many times did you have to visit? I am sure it must have been challenging to travel there. Did you stay there to perform your experiments also? Thanks.

  3. Elli says:

    I really enjoyed your presentation!
    Makes me look at raw chicken and lemon in a completely different way.

    I especially loved how your research began
    by curiosity of a potentially but seemingly unlikely dangerous food: grilled chicken.

    I mean, who would have thought?
    That was very inspiring and amazing, so thanks! :]

  4. Una says:

    Hey Lauren,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your project and was delighted by the results of your outcome. Your project was an inspiration and I was wondering if you could help me with a idea for science fair? My email is aquaswift@gmail.com if you want to contact me.

    Many thanks,
    it was a wonderful project.

  5. jenn flemish says:

    lauren -

    we thoroughly enjoyed your enthusiasm at yesterday’s TEDxWomen. i have forwarded your talk to many in my network! thanks for breaking down the pieces of your research about grilled chicken and its hidden danger, the carcinogenic compound PHIP. as you could probably tell, the audience was astonished and you certainly made an impact!

    makes me think – does every grilling process of a protein (meat) create PHIP? would love to know your thoughts! and i look forward to following your future research.

    good luck!

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks so much! Speaking was an honor, but being a listener was more meaningful to me! Here is what I know from research: YES, PhIP is found when grilling other meats, but it is highest in chicken. Each meat (protein) has a unique make up, specifcally when it comes to the amino acids. (Amino acids are the building blocks of protein). This is what explains the varying amounts. Other ways to decrease HCA’s include precooking (microwaving), using certain spices, and broiling or baking. Again, we cannot eliminate the HCA’s from our diet, but the knowledge of how to decrease them is powerful. Thanks for your question and please ask more!