Student receives scholarship for cancer project

September 24, 2010

We caught up with him while he was learning about one of his favorite subjects: science.

"Ever since I was little I just enjoyed looking and discovering things which is basically what science is all about," Song said.

And that curiosity is paying off. Ben is one of 20 high school students nationwide to receive a scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

For his project, he studied the biomarkers in the urine of colon cancer patients with the idea it could lead to a urine test that would tell people if they are at risk for colon cancer.

Ben says because so many Americans skip the colonoscopy, a non-invasive urine test would help get more people screened and could save more lives.

He says the project took him about 1,000 hours over two summers to complete.

When he found out it won him a 25,000 scholarship, he says, "I was surprised, that was the first thing, the second was when I realized it was $25,000, I was just extremely happy."

Now he'll focus on finishing high school. Next year he'll go to college and all the while he plans on 'paying it forward.'

"The overall goal for me is to help other people because the world has given a lot to me so hopefully I can help give back to society," Song said.

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