Lilly Mahoney of Hull, a junior at Archbishop Williams High School, is participating in the BioBuilder High School Apprenticeship Challenge at MIT this spring.
The intensive eight week program, which includes three meetings a week studying math and science with lab time on Saturdays, requires high school student groups to come up with an idea and how to solve it. She and her group chose to create experiments to study how to reverse paralysis by regenerating nerves.
“If people are paralyzed, it doesn’t only affect them but their families, so solving this problem helps the whole family,” Mahoney said.
“Lilly has an innate curiosity and innate love for science, which makes her a perfect fit for this program,” said Archbishop Williams Science Department Chair Raymond Whitehouse.
This is Mahoney’s second program at MIT: last year she participated in the Science Club for Girls, where she worked on a variety of projects under the guidance of MIT students.