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Michelle Zhu
Fall 2018 - present

I am currently a first-year student majoring in Biology at Stony Brook University. Growing up, I've always been exposed to different mediums of information talking about how genetically modified foods are bad for the environment and for consumer health. However, I never got to learn about the possible benefits of these foods until I researched about it myself. Even with information available online, most would not go out of their way to find this information. If they do, it's highly likely that they wouldn't understand it. At the Grow More Foundation, we can transform this information to a more understandable form and bring this to the public. This way, the public can actually know both sides of the story before deciding how they feel about genetically modified crops. 

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Kyna Reyes
Fall 2018 - present

"I have always had an interest in learning more about the biologies of plants, and the Grow More Foundation has enabled me to do so. As a junior at Stony Brook University majoring in Biochemistry, there have been many moments where I encountered GMOs and GE crops. I noticed that for the public, there was a negative stigma behind the term "GMO." I too, once thought that all GMOs and GE crops were bad, but through working as an Intern at the GMF, I learned that this is not the case. My hope is to be able to educate others on the facts behind what genetically modified or genetically engineered crops really are and to eliminate the notion that these kinds of crops are bad for you."

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Sera Nakisli
Fall 2017 - present

"I am a Senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Biology with a specialty in Neuroscience. I grew up being told my parents that genetically modified organisms are "bad". One day I asked myself 'why?' and after doing some research I realized that genetic engineering plants wasn't as bad as my parents made out and that there is nothing to be afraid of. I became passionate about spreading the positive aspects of GE, what it can do for us and our planet. Interning at Grow more Foundation has allowed me to take steps towards this goal."

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Genevieve Casse
Spring & Summer 2018

I am a sophomore Biology major at Stony Brook University, and for as long as I can remember I've loved learning about the environment. In high school, I remember frequently discussing genetically engineered foods in my nutrition and environmental science courses, and I always found it interesting that such a well-researched field would still be so heavily doubted by the public. When I saw that there was an opportunity to continue the conversation about GE foods with the public through the Grow More Foundation I was immediately intrigued, and wanted to help. By working with GMF I have been able to start using scientific research to understand and improve the relationship the public has to GE foods, and to have the important dialogues necessary to eliminate the false claims around GE foods.

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Richelle Chen

Spring & Summer 2018

"Although I am a computer science student at Stony Brook University, my passion for biology cannot be discounted. When I learned of the technology that can be applied to biology, I was enamored. However, the stigma that was created around this technology was disappointing, yet expected. I have a personal belief that the best judgement can only be made when all of the information is presented, and digging around I found that biotechnology with bad names, like GMOs and GE foods, were not to blame. Skewing and hiding information are. Therefore I am thrilled to be working with the Grow More Foundation to reach and inform the public of all the things they should have known in the first place."

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Jessica Layne
Winter 2017 - Spring 2018

“I am currently a senior at Oyster Bay High School, and I have been working with Grow More Foundation for the past 2 years. In 10th grade AP Biology, I first became aware of Malthusian prophecies of impending global starvation caused by population growth rates exceeding food production growth rates. Fortunately, these predictions have not come to pass as genetically engineered foods have greatly enhanced agricultural production since the 1950’s Green Revolution. Recently, however, misinformation campaigns have challenged the benefits and safety of these very same genetic engineered foods (GEF) that have helped us. Investigation of this topic brought me to Grow More Foundation whose aim is to educate the public about GEF using evidence-based research. My research with the foundation has revealed widespread deficits in the public knowledge of GEF. I hope to transform my data into an educational campaign that targets specific demographics to better the public understanding of this topic.”

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Vivian Zhong
Summer 2017

"I’m a Junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in science policy. I’ve been passionate about genetically-engineered crops and their potential in addressing issues of global food security since I first learned about them in high school. Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the deleterious misinformation and hysteria that dominates public discourse about GE crops. This summer I finally decided to do something about it and interned with the Grow More Foundation, working on developing a social media strategy and platform to reshape consumers’ perception of GE crops by sharing the perspectives of relatable, everyday people."

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Caroline Gilmore
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

"I am a Senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Biology. First and foremost I am a plant lover. Be it cultivating a garden, maintaining a collection of orchids, or caring for seedlings destined for a lab, plants are a constant presence in my life. These are the values I would like to give back to the world around me, specifically through the agricultural industry. The Grow More Foundation provides a unique opportunity to spread knowledge regarding GE crops (seeds?). The gravity of the current GE situation and the distinct misunderstandings around it demand an unbiased source of information and the Grow More Foundation rose to meet this need. I couldn’t imagine a more meaningful and rewarding cause to devote my time to."