Five Juniors Selected to 2019 Class of Germination Fellows

Five EA juniors have been selected for the 2019 class of Germination Fellows.

The goal of The Germination Project is to develop and provide mentorship opportunities to Philadelphia's next generation of leaders. Students apply during their sophomore year and then spend a week over the summer at Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania.

Fellows from EA include- Mary Cipperman, Dhilan Lavu, Molly Limaye, Avani Narula, and Trisha Tsundupalli.

"We spent a week learning about innovation and leadership at Penn Medicine," explained Mary Cipperman '21. "I learned about the work at the Abramson Cancer Center and about the processes of civic engagement and design thinking."

Students were divided into groups and assigned a topic to research. Dhilan Lavu's group was assigned gentrification and wrote a piece about gentrification in West Philadelphia, which was presented to a panel of judges. "We all learned a lot about the amazing work Penn is doing and about the process of innovation."

Molly Limaye's group researched and presented on the topic of corruption in Philadelphia. "The investigative journalism assignment was a competition, and my group won. Now we have the honor to work with Malcom Burnley [from Time magazine] to edit and refine our piece," shared Molly. She also had the opportunity to meet a Penn Medicine data scientist. "Prior to the Germination Project, I had never heard of data science, but now I am considering it as a possible career choice."

"The Germination Project is a great way to meet high schoolers and learn directly from Philadelphia's leaders," said Mary. "It's also a great platform to launch initiatives and receive advice."

This marks the fifth year of The Germination Project. This year's inductees attended the annual Draft Day Gala at the Union League of Philadelphia on September 19.

"I love the long-term vision and the mission to use young people's talents to change the world for the better," said Dhilan. "I feel that with the skills and connections this program provides, I can make a real impact in Philadelphia and in the world in general."

(Photo provided by: Sam Catania)