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Clara Mabour

Mabour-blackwhiteClara was born in Port-Au-Prince Haiti in 1994. She can vividly recall the adversities that her family faced; nonetheless, her parents taught her and her brothers to work hard, persevere, and value education. Fast forward to 2012, she completed an independent research project regarding the effects of deletion mutations of Methionine Sulfoxide reductase in Drosophila melanogaster. She was able to attend various competitions, including the Florida State Science Fair, where she won a 4th-place award along with recognition from the USDA-ARS and American Association for Clinical Chemistry. She graduated high school ranked 3rd in her class, but working on an MIT Invent Team as the project manager surpasses even that achievement. Clara and 13 of her peers constructed a portable water sanitation device for tropical countries, to be used after natural disasters, that was inspired by the conditions in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. More recently, she has been assisting a graduate student and the director of the Center for Health and the Built environment at UF with a project regarding residential neighborhoods near the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville.