TMI student excels in science, softball

Taylor Devlin, a sophomore at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, completed her first year as a scholar with the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio by presenting her project, “Biophysical Characteristics of Pressure Effects in the Analytical Ultracentrifuge” at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

The Academy provides an immersive biomedical research and education and college-preparatory for San Antonio high-school students. Up to 20 rising sophomores each year are accepted to this elite three-year summer program, in which participants are paired with outstanding biomedical scientists from UTHSC-San Antonio. Taylor’s mentor was Borries Demeler, Ph.D., an associate professor of biochemistry and director of the Center for Analytical Ultracentrifugation of Macromolecular Assemblies.

While working in this demanding seven-week program, Taylor also was involved in athletic competition. With her team, the Hill Country Slam, she also enjoyed a successful season of fast pitch softball, winning the Elite College Showcase in Taylor, Texas, and finishing second in the American Softball Association of America 18 and up Class A Southern Nationals in Fort Worth.

At TMI, Taylor also plays volleyball and was a member of the 2011 district-champion basketball team. A recipient of a merit scholarship and departmental academic awards, Taylor was a gold medalist in the National Spanish Exam 2011.