CLEVELAND — Rootstown native Hanley Jeffries knew she wanted to research cancer after her grandfather was diagnosed with it.  

Now she's getting ready to embark on a college career that will take her to Boston, Massachusetts to study biology.

Hanley, a senior at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, spent last summer at Heidelberg University's International Summer Science School and got a jump on research not being done anywhere else.

Girls in STEM | Growing Curiosity is a weekly segment featured Fridays at 7PM on WKYC that highlights cool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stories.  We're helping to shine the spotlight on women and girls in an effort to change the face of STEM role models and encourage all students to explore and engage.