NAYEN 2017: What My Exchange Has Meant to Me – Jaime Castillo
Rotary International North American Youth Exchange Network 2017, Calgary. March 11, 2017
At the age of 16, Jaime represented Mexico in a research program at the University of California, San Diego. He was specifically selected to collaborate with international PhD students in the area of Nanoengineering. His research successfully achieved the synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles for biomedical applications like cancer treatment.
One year later, at the age of 17, Jaime left his home city of Tijuana, Mexico for his year as a Rotary Exchange Student to Warsaw, Poland. During this year, Jaime combined the cultural experience of a traditional exchange with the higher expression of science: research.
Taking the idea of international collaboration to a whole new dimension, Jaime volunteered as an intern at the University of Warsaw. After some months, he was allowed to conduct his own research project on antimicrobial resistance. For his results, he was awarded the second place at the Intercollegiate Biotechnology Symposium, where he competed with MSc and PhD students from different international universities.
Jaime has presented his discoveries at scientific conferences in Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific. He has been named Exemplary Citizen by the Honorable City Council and Most Prominent Young Person in scientific development by Junior Chamber International. He speaks 5 languages as a result of his cultural exchange. Soon he will return to Warsaw, pursuing his fourth scientific publication. He is currently looking for sponsorships that will allow him to study medicine and then venture to surgery from a researcher’s perspective, with the aim of developing low-cost, non-invasive surgical procedures that can be performed in his community.