Leah Zheng


Hi! My name is Leah Zheng and I am a current junior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. 

Throughout my life, I’ve always been interested in the sciences and mathematics. 

This past summer, I completed the UC Santa Cruz Summer Internship Program this year, and I became a research assistant to a doctoral student studying language processing abilities in humans. After taking AP Psychology in my sophomore year, I was really interested in this area, and throughout the summer, I helped out by compiling prior research on brain stimulation to guide the brainstorming for his thesis question.   

At school, my current favorite subject is English, since I love the open-ended discussion and the prompts that really allow me to think. The books we are reading are representative of all types of people, giving me access to all sorts of new perspectives that I had never previously thought about. Also, I am a leader within our school’s Women’s Empowerment CCC and Asian American Student Union. Both leadership teams have some great ideas, and the members have been enthusiastic and excited! This year, I am also a part of the Sports Medicine Club and Badminton club as well. 

As a part of the i2 program, I would like to study issues in the world and create effective solutions for them. With this wonderful community, I am confident that I will be able to achieve my goals and make innovative projects.


2023-2024 i2 Project Idea

My proposed project idea this year is to create a math tutoring program for middle schoolers, starting at Holy Name School in the Sunset District, that connects SHC high schoolers with younger kids learning mainly learning Algebra 1. This program will mainly aid those who are falling behind in their current math class and need […] Read more

The Anthropocene and Education

This year, the theme that our junior year project must revolve around is the Anthropocene. To me, it refers to how the impact, good or bad, humans have had on the planet’s biodiversity, but it can also extend much further than that. What choices do humans make that may not have a direct impact on […] Read more

The Best Night's Sleep Update

I am currently working on my project, The Best Night’s Sleep, and there have definitely been some ups and downs throughout this process. My project is an experiment determining which of the four methods that I found on the internet would give someone the best night’s sleep. My initial plans have actually been pretty successful […] Read more

The i2 Journey Begins

I am very excited to begin my journey as a member of the I2 program, and hopefully, I learn a lot about how to successfully serve my community in a helpful way. This group was not something I knew about until I received my acceptance letter, but I was very excited once I read about […] Read more

i2 Projects

The Best Night's Sleep

Having a restful night of sleep has become very difficult for numerous people, for various reasons, such as distractions from devices and insomnia. Unfortunately, even if they are able to sleep for a long time, their quality of sleep might not be very good, causing them to be irritable and tired in the morning.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Youth

TCMY was designed for students to be able to understand Traditional Chinese Medicine in an easy and accessible way, with sources and information they know they can trust. There are two ways that students can go about learning from TCMY, depending on their needs and how much they want to learn. 

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Math Genies

There has been a significant improvement in the mathematical proficiency of middle school students over the past three decades. However, a noticeable decline in their academic performance was observed in 2019, as indicated by the nationwide results of the High School Placement Tests. This regression can be attributed to a lack of motivation and a limited understanding of core mathematical concepts among students during the COVID-19 pandemic, which presented many challenges to their grasp of fundamental principles. Additionally, this lack of knowledge also hinders their ability to comprehend other mathematics-related subjects. Our program strives to address this challenge and facilitate a smooth transition into high school mathematics. Welcome to Math Genies!

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