In her sophomore year of high school, Allison was getting ready to take AP Calculus, when her counselor asked her if she was interested in taking physics. As someone who is eager to take on new challenges, she started AP Physics: Mechanics and discovered a whole new world of possibilities. Allison’s passion for physics led her to seek out many opportunities doing research and shadowing professionals. This included working on a research team with students and professors at a local university studying quantum mechanics and cryogenics, shadowing at the Reading Hospital in the pediatrics and neurodiagnostics departments, shadowing a neurologist at a private practice, and participating in the Surgery Live Program at the Whitaker Science Center. She also attended Women in STEM programs at Kutztown University and Penn State Berks.
Allison has excelled in her school work, receiving the Academic Scholar Award in Mathematics from 9th-11th grade, the Academic Scholar Award in Science in 9th-10th grade, the Academic Scholar Award in Social Studies in 11th grade, the 2019 President’s Education Award, and getting nominated for Berks’ Best, a county-wide competition, in both science and math. She is also very active in her school, participating in Science Olympiad, mock trial, Interact club, playing for the volleyball team and the swim team, playing cello, flute, and piccolo, and singing in the chorus. Outside of school, Allison volunteers at food banks and at the Shannon Sullivan Memorial Tournament each year. She fosters cats for the SOAR rescue and has fostered dogs for Grey Muzzle Manor and Zoe’s House, where she helps to organize and run adoption events.
Allison will begin studying physics at MIT in the fall, and plans to obtain her M.D. and Ph.D in the future. She is very excited to expand her research and learn new things.