Erin Hickey graduated with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School class of 2015. She was awarded a 2015 Vision Fellowship to help her pursue an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Stonehill College. Erin is fascinated by science and particularly by the effects that chemicals have within living organisms. During the summer of 2015, Erin interned with BiodiversityWorks where she developed an independent research project that tested the efficacy of chick shelters in reducing predation on piping plover chicks on beaches where there is not adequate dune grass or other cover for them to use for hiding from hunting crows and gulls. Among other accomplishments during high school, Erin created an after-school math program for 3rd grade girls at the Edgartown School who were preparing for their first mathematics Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.