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Joseph Trapolino

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Bio

My Push into Adulthood: Death, what an inevitable but seemingly distant outcome. And yet, in November of 2019, my classmates and I were stuck in a glass box for four hours as law enforcement was in a frenzy to find the culprit of a junior who was just shot to death. Looking at everyone squished in a pile of backpacks in a state of desolation made me think of all the people around me. How precarious all our lives were, as well as fragile. After that day, I figured that not every opportunity lasts forever- nor every person resulting in me making every moment meaningful. Enthusiastically, I organized a counseling group outside of school, where I was able to accomplish helping others during a time of uncertainty. It was not without its drawbacks. Being so young and vulnerable is a conflict that even mature adults struggle with. However, I discovered that within myself lay a distinctive way of communicating; having dealt with speech disabilities when I was younger embedded extraordinary patience when dealing with others. And as a result of that patience, I was able to break down barriers with individuals. Additionally, being the sole proprietor of my unofficial club meant extensive work went into scheduling and reaching out. Organization was a talent I became forged in: to weekly emails, zoom calls, and google calendar send-outs, I was determined to have a clear voice. And by the end of my sophomore year, I had established 20 regular attendees that would meet up once a month. Ultimately, I gathered a higher sense of emotional intelligence, empathy, and leadership.

Education

Texas State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Minors:
    • History and Political Science
  • GPA:
    4

Bellaire H S

High School
2020 - 2022
  • GPA:
    3.9

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medical Practice

    • Dream career goals:

      Company founder (open a dental firm)

    • Registered Dental Assistant

      2022 – Present2 years
    • employer: involved in customer experience, and part of team meetings to better improve the experience

      Pondicherry
      2018 – 20213 years

    Sports

    Archery

    Club
    2015 – 20183 years

    Research

    • Soil Sciences

      Gardening Club + A&M school of Agriculture — Soil Sample collector and lab conclusion leader
      2021 – 2022

    Arts

    • Wedding Photography

      Photography
      2018 – 2019

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      American Dental Student Association — Entering member
      2022 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Cooking Club — I helped lead the coordinating team to decide what themes would be presented at our next meeting and which location would hold it.
      2020 – 2022
    • Advocacy

      Chinese Club — served as the Boba Sale Captain to help fundraise money for the club and took an active role in our Chinese New Year events, acting as User/Prop Manager
      2020 – 2021
    • Advocacy

      Medical Club — I was in charge of creating questions with the activities coordinator as prepping for the seminars.
      2021 – 2022
    • Advocacy

      Self started Counseling — I would construct a schedule and an announcement platform to help coordinate our efforts. It would be a few of my members and me leading us through complex topics so that we would feel a sense of inclusivity in our struggles
      2019 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Peace Gospel international — Typically, I was on my feet for about a good 3 hours talking to people about the project and trying to sell the product, setting up shop, and closing shop.
      2019 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Public health community club — I acted as the activities coordinator and would have to interact with our president to consistently help provide resources to our members. (ex. acquiring stitching material to practice on bananas)
      2019 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Gardening — vice president-Every Friday, I would pull out the gardening supplies and establish the goal of the day. I would then help water and plant new materials and analyze old projects.
      2019 – Present

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Bold Science Matters Scholarship
    It is safe to conclude that the majority of the numerous entries to this scholarship will be concise, straightforward, and pertaining to a big concept, if not a revolutionary one, such as the atom. Yet what I have to offer is not so much the discovery of an acknowledgment of a functional part of our reality but the discovery of potential. Specifically, the finding potential of The Bacteria phage; there are more phages on earth than any other organism combined, including bacteria. Billions are on your hands, in your intestines, and on your eyelids right now. However, this should not cause concern because they only eliminate bacteria; in fact, they kill up to 40% of all bacteria in the oceans daily. Like any other primary virus, they need a host to inject their DNA to replicate; as a result, they've become specialized over the years. Making phages very technical killers of specific bacteria, so specific that humans are entirely immune to them. This fact is the reason researchers are testing to see if we can use Bacterial phages to target threatening forms of bacteria. Recently they’ve started looking into injecting millions of them into our bodies due to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This has already been successfully tested on a patient; the bacteria Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, one of the most feared bacteria, infected the man's chest cavity. After years of suffering, they injected a few thousand phages into his chest, and after a few weeks, the infections had completely disappeared. Additionally, in 2016 the largest phage clinical trial began, marking the growing interest and potential they have in the medical world. These efforts are significant due to the closing gap between antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the overuse of antibiotics and pave the way for a solution.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    The crises in Modern-day agriculture in a broader sense are primarily overlooked and often dismissed as something of little importance- but I would argue that conflicts surrounding our food output are something that we should pay close attention to. This is especially true today because, with a growing demand on the rise and food shortages already prevalent throughout the underdeveloped world, it is estimated that within the next ten years, we will expect to see a media shift towards the farming world and its impending doom. In fact, within America alone this year, food prices soared to record heights in February; global food prices also followed suit posting a 20.7% increase in the global food price index compared to last year. These statistics also follow in conjunction with Joseph Glauber, the senior research fellow International food policy research Insitute, stating, "These are the highest prices we have seen since the last ten years- Stock levels, the lowest levels since 2007." Although failure to support a sustainable clean way of producing the global food supply is not the only reason, this crisis has evolved, with covid-19 having severe implications on the price of goods, services, and commodities. Moreover, just as we enter a recovery period from the pandemic, a massive geopolitical outbreak contributes to an already growing restraint on the global food supply. Making the war in Ukraine the final nail in the coffin to the surge in food prices. The UN World food program chief even warned that a potential global food crisis might be on the horizon on a scale not seen since WWII. The reason why the shutdown of Russia and Ukraine in food production is so destructive to the world mostly comes down to the fact that 12% of total calories traded around the globe come from these two countries. In fact, in 2021, Russia exported 37.3 billion dollars worth of agricultural products to the rest of the world, with Ukraine exporting more than 27 billion. However, Ukrainian grain exports last month were a quarter what they were in February. Also, as a direct result of the Russian invasion, the cost of fertilizers, with prices soaring for raw materials like ammonia, nitrogen, and nitrates, are up 30% since the start of 2022- Making the production of agricultural products more difficult. Meanwhile, food prices in the U.S. are rising at historical rates, while prices for commodities like wheat and corn are at their highest levels in a decade. What’s more, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that food-at-home prices will see an increase of up to 4% by the end of 2022. Yet, with all this doom and gloom on the horizon, what you can do locally for your own community can drastically impact food insecurity. The first thing you can set out to do is donate non-perishable food items to local food drives or food banks, you can also volunteer at local soup kitchens and feeding programs to help supply those in need of a meal. Additionally, you can donate money to national hunger organizations or start your own fundraiser and give the money you raise to a local food charity. Although the most effective and, in my opinion, fun way to bring your community together while also solving food insecurity is to grow a community garden. Within my own community, I helped establish a local garden that fed over 55 people over the first two months it was established. Not only did it bring us closer together, but it also aided in helping the more at risk in our community. Even though the war in Ukraine is still ongoing and prices are expected to go up, I hope by preparing and informing the inhabitants of your surroundings, the future will be in manageable hands.