On April 11, Haley Martens, an Oak Park and River Forest High School student, took first place at the Illinois BioGENEius Challenge, an annual science competition sponsored by Horizon Pharma and hosted by the iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center — a science and technology educational organization.  

Martens competed against 26 other students from high schools across the Chicago area like Whitney Young, York and Niles West. 

She’ll now take her winning research project, titled, “The Effect of Ibuprofen on Tail Regeneration in Axolotis,” to the International Competition in Boston, where she’ll compete on June 4 against two other competitors for a chance to receive cash prizes. 

“We look forward to rooting for Haley in the International Competition taking place in a few months,” said Ann Vogel, senior vice president of the iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center. 

She’s not the only one. 

 Michael Romain