Tavis Reed: ACT-SO student
Tavis Reed, an Argonne student and member of the ACT-SO program, was recently featured in the Daily Herald.
Reed won the 2015 gold medal in the Chemistry/Biochemistry division of the National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition, besting more than 700 students from 150 ACT-SO chapters across the nation.
Tavis is unfailingly enthusiastic about science.
He has many more ideas than I’d expect for a high school student.
He has gone above and beyond anyone else I have seen at the high school level, and some even in college.
Sarah Soltau (CSE), Postdoctoral Researcher and Tavis’ mentor
He was guided by Sarah Soltau (CSE), who helped him find resources to develop a process — for which he has a provisional patent — for the production of cellulosic ethanol, a “next-generation biofuel” made from cellulose, the structural part of plants. Reed is a 17-year-old senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
About the ACT-SO Program
ACT-SO has been a program of the DuPage County NAACP chapter for the past 36 years. Now in its third year, the Argonne ACT-SO High School Research Program (ARP) provides mentors and facilities to help students prepare their research for competition.