The International Young Researchers' Conference was founded in 2017 as a platform for high school students to share their research projects with the community. Since then, the organization has expanded to include not only research, but also community projects, global health narratives, case study competitions, and student-led programming. The IYRC is an independent public benefit incorporation in Japan, but we work with students from over twenty countries. Our program would not be possible without the generous support of our university partners, high school leaders, and reviewers.
Paul M. Lewis
Harvard College | A.B.
Columbia University VP&S | M.D. Candidate
Paul M. Lewis is a Medical Student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. He has experience in diverse areas of global and public health having served as the Director of a program for underprivileged Native American youth, the President of a peer education group to promote holistic wellness, and the Community Education Chair of a drug and alcohol education group. Paul is the Founder of Harvard College VISION Global Health Society and the Global Health and Leadership Conference. He was a recipient of the Finley Fellowship from Harvard to spend a postgraduate year in Japan to learn about end-of-life care. While there, he helped found the International Young Researchers' Conference. Afterwards, he worked as a TMS Therapy Clinician at Dignity Brain Health to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder. At Columbia University, he co-leads the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society, and the Global Health Organization. Additionally, Paul is a member of the Manly-Brickman Lab where he works with Drs. Jennifer Manly and Justina Avila-Rieger.
Cornell University | B.S.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | M.S.
Elizabeth Feldeverd graduated from Cornell University with a degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development. During her time at Cornell, she interned with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Havana, Cuba, where she assisted with a project related to food sovereignty. After graduation, Elizabeth worked as an agronomist in Hawaiʻi and Illinois and discovered her interests in plant biology and science communication. She earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering. Her research focused on the effects of heat stress on protein folding in Arabidopsis pollen. While pursuing her master's degree, Elizabeth was an American Society of Plant Biologists Conviron Scholar. Elizabeth serves as the Director of Research at Spark Student Research and teaches STEM to students of all ages in Tokyo, Japan. She is also the co-founder of Women in Science Japan, an organization dedicated to connecting young scientists with mentors in industry and academia.
Vision Scholars are a committed group of high school volunteers who help to shape IYRC programming through student-led initiatives.
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