Jay Iyer’s journey with science started with his grandpa in the garden. “My grandfather was probably the most influential person in my life,” Jay says. His first science fair project was inspired by the time they spent together.
That science fair was the first of many that Jay would win. This summer, the Baton Rouge Magnet High School senior participated in the Center for Excellence in Education’s prestigious Research Science Institute and created a top written presentation.
Jay’s family was the inspiration for pursuing medicine, as several members, including his beloved grandfather, have suffered from neurological diseases. An experience in summer 2019 solidified those professional goals. Jay traveled to Guatemala with the nonprofit Agape in Action and worked in a medical clinic. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” he says.
Outreach is important to Jay, who turns 18 this month. One outreach avenue is the MIND Relief nonprofit, which he founded to provide support for neurodegenerative disease patients and their caregivers. As president of his school’s chemistry club, Jay works to inspire younger students. “I’m a firm believer in spreading learning, spreading knowledge, especially my love for science,” he says.
During the COVID-19 shutdowns, Jay collaborated on a number of projects, including findcovidtests.com and helmlearning.com, an online learning site where he teaches a free weekly microbiology class.
Although he’s applying to more than 25 universities, Jay’s dream is to attend Harvard. With his scientific mind and dedication to his family and community, Jay is one amazing kid.