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Cal State L.A.’s youngest graduate, 17,
heads to Harvard
for Ph.D. in immunology
Huynh, one of 24 Early Entrance Program grads in the Class
most others her age are finishing high school, 17-year-old
Alexandria Huynh—the youngest graduating senior in the Class
of 2010 at Cal State L.A.—is
heading to Harvard University this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in immunology.
to Harvard Medical School with full funding and an additional stipend,
she was also accepted to doctoral programs at Yale University and the
University of Pennsylvania.
the University’s Early Entrance Program (EEP), Huynh was admitted to Cal
State L.A. at the age of 13. Huynh, who will receive her bachelor’s
degree in biology with honors, will be marching at Cal State L.A.’s
Commencement 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday, June 12. She hopes to pursue
a career in biomedical research with clinical applications.
of Edith Porter’s research team at Cal State L.A., Huynh focused on how
intestinal cells in mice respond to Salmonella enteric serovar
Typhimurium, a bacterium that is a leading cause of gastroenteritis in
Recognizing Porter for her dedication, Huynh said, “She puts in an
almost ridiculous amount of time in mentoring students, both in classes
and in the lab. She provided solid support and guidance as a research
mentor, and helped me learn how to be more critical of myself and my
Torrance resident, Huynh was also a member of the Golden Key Honor
Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Cal State L.A. Recipient
of the Kinecta Federal Credit Union Scholarship, she was recently named
the winner of Cal State L.A.’s Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award
and presented the Early Entrance Program Graduate of the Year
scholarship. In addition, she has volunteered at the Torrance Memorial
Medical Center. When time allows, she also enjoys figure skating and
playing the piano.
said, “EEP provided a strong infrastructure and support system for us.
We were able to talk to older students who had been through the same
experiences as we were going through, as well as alumni with different
State L.A.’s EEP admits extraordinarily gifted youngsters—some as young
as 11—directly into college, providing the early entrants with monitored
evaluation, regular counseling sessions, and the opportunity to study
with like-minded peers. Huynh is among more than 20 other EEP graduates
receiving their baccalaureate degrees this year.
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