Contributing to Society Through G/T Research

Each year, more than 700 HCPSS high school students participate in the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Research Program through independent research or internships/mentorships. There they learn vital research, writing and presentation skills, and explore potential career interests by working with one of approximately 250 companies and professionals in a wide range of fields.

After a year’s G/T internship placement, HCPSS students have contributed to the larger community by designing, producing and marketing a specialized line of clothing; researching the psychology of juvenile offenders; creating a program to track and identify ballistic missile flight paths; designing an architecturally efficient school building; and more.

Countless Howard County students participating in G/T internships have found success furthering their professional interests after graduation. For example, Centennial High School alumna Kavita Shukla started researching how to keep food fresh in middle school, and is now nationally recognized for her invention, FreshPaper. Wilde Lake High School alumnus Brooks Leitner pursued his public health interest in the G/T program and now works at the National Institutes of Health with former “The Biggest Loser” contestants to follow their long-term health issues related to weight loss.

Dr. Ashley Romm, with Physiotherapy Associates, is grateful for the program: “[G/T interns’] eagerness to learn is contagious, and their critical thinking skills are impressive. They have helped me not only become a better mentor, but a better clinician.”

For more information on the G/T Research Program, visit: .

Current G/T Interns Become #ResearchReady

"I wanted to intern at the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering because of my interest in creating new technology to enhance traditional practices, and I am eager to continue fortifying my expertise as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University."
—Tineer Ahmed, Howard High School, researching bioremediation of contaminants in groundwater at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
"I have become more interested in engineering and physics as I have gained a specialized depth of scientific understanding that I am now able to share with others"
—William "Dutch" Schulden, Reservoir High School, researching chemical vapor deposition and stress on thin films at Blue Wave Semiconductors
"My internship experiences have reaffirmed my passion for research and given me a sense of direction for my future work."
—Shivani Pandey, Mt. Hebron High School, researching how the antibacterial agent triclosan contributes to antibiotic resistance at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory