Environmental Quality Operations (EQO), a start-up company focusing on the extermination of zebra mussels through a chimeric protein, offered a week-long internship for high school students, Madison Mueller and Maria Noonan, from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. The purpose of this collaboration was to give the interns professional experience, as well as to see how a research lab functions. Madison and Maria both gained real world on-hand experiences by applying those skills acquired to the concepts learned in school. The exposure to working in a lab for both Maria and Madison was not only eye-opening but for Maria, she personally found her passion — working in the lab.

Pictured from left to right: Maria Noonan and Madison Mueller both students at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Emily Carpenter of EQO.