William Suringa '22 was chosen to present at the International Young Researchers' Conference (IYRC) on March 27-28. William delivered a presentation titled "Life on The Edge of Independence: My Brother and Tuberous Sclerosis."
William reflected, "In my narrative, I wanted to summarize some of the struggles my brother has faced with the disease Tuberous Sclerosis to raise awareness about the disease. I also hoped to provide insight into life with non-life-threatening diseases that so many face daily."
According to the International Young Researchers' Conference, "The IYRC is committed to building a diverse and inclusive international research community. Our 82 student presenters consisted of students from Armenia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam. They identify as Asian (47%), Black (20%), White (15%), Hispanic (7%), Mixed (6%), and Other/Prefer Not to Answer (5%). 71% use She/Her/Hers pronouns and 29% use He/Him/His. 7% are in Grade 9, 11% in Grade 10, 61% in Grade 11, and 21% in Grade 12. Of those who responded to questions about their family, 15% live in a single parent household, 13% come from a low-income family, 5% will be the first person in their family to graduate college, and 3% have a disability."