May 27, 2020-- After a High School South teacher was recently published, now it's a student's turn.

High School North senior and authentic science research (ASR) student Zuha Nasim has been published in the World Journal of Oncology. Her paper is titled Breast Cancer Incidence and Behavior in Younger Patients: A Study From the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Database.

Zuha previously attended the TRRS Tech Summer Coding camps for Python, HTML, & TRSTEM Camp for Biocoding funded by the Office of Naval Research TR:TechReady grant which inspired her to use coding for her data analysis.

Zuha learned the coding language R in order to conduct her research. She used RStudio to write her own code from scratch in order to statistically analyze data in her experiment. The code analyzed hundreds of thousands of breast cancer cases from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program database run by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She studied the database to select variables she wanted to examine in the study and excluded all others. She then datamined all the information to get a clean dataset that was ready to analyze, and all statistical results were also determined from the code. After interpreting the data, Zuha finished her research paper, which she wrote entirely herself.

The other authors listed on the paper, as well as Lynne Wilkens and Hannah Morgan, contributed to paper revisions and proofreading. Her full paper can be accessed through the link below.