Piscataway Teen Finds New Appreciation For Sciences at Governor’s School

Saheela Ibraheem

EDISON – Saheela Ibraheem, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, was one of 85 students to be selected to attend the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University in Madison this summer.

“Each study took three academic classes in the morning. My classes were ‘Neurobiology,’ ‘Einstein’s Relativity,’(a physics class) and ‘Rulers, Compasses, and Other Impossibilities’ (a mathematics class). These classes taught what most students would not learn in high school. In ‘Neurobiology,’ we learned about the connections in the brain, how the brain processes and remembers information and the diseases that can wreak havoc on the brain, with a focus on Alzheimer ‘s disease,” explained Ibraheem.


In the physics course, she learned about relativity’s effects on time, length, and the speed of light. In the math course, she constructed lines, pentagons and ‘the famous seventeen-gon’ and she learned about impossibilities such as the cube root of two.

During a Computer Science Lab in early afternoons, Ibraheem learned about “cellular automata and programming calculators and models of forest fires, which team projects involved working with rats to conducting experiments on fear conditioning and enhanced startle, in hopes of modeling fear and anxiety in rats for the benefit of humans.”

Ibraheem also participated in the Olfactory and Learning project. Colloquiums, career day, and college night were other events that allowed us to learn about topics such as the atomic world, oceanography, future job plans, and universities.

“The knowledge gained at Governor’s School will surely help in AP Psychology and Creative Writing this year,” said Ibraheem. “After taking ‘Neurobiology’ and participating in a team project dealing with learning and memory, my interest in neuroscience was reinforced. The experience was not solely about learning. Engaging with 84 students with similar goals and interests as I do allowed the program to be so much more enjoyable for everyone who was there. We all bonded over sports, meals, games and town outings. It was without the doubt the best experience of my life, and I would definitely recommend applying to the Governor’s School in the Sciences to anyone who has the opportunity.”

Saheela is the daughter of Dr. Sarafa Ibraheem and Mrs. Shakirat Ibraheem of Piscataway.

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