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EC Scholars - Class of 2014

Rachel Mehaffey

Hometown/State: Clyde, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: BS Chemistry & BS Applied Physics with a Minor in Hispanic Studies

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University? 

I chose East Carolina University because I loved the people here. Everyone sincerely wants to help you succeed in whatever you choose to do. There is always a smiling face to help you with anything.  Also, there are a myriad of opportunities here that students can take advantage of and broaden their horizons.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship has enabled me to fully experience college as I prepare for my career. There are a plethora of academic opportunities that my scholarship has allowed me to take advantage of including opportunities to lead and serve others. All of these academic opportunities will allow me to get the most out of my four years here at East Carolina University and be more academically prepared for my career.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?

As a sophomore, I was partnered with a faculty mentor and a graduate student at the university to investigate the entrepreneurial attitudes of veterans throughout the community.  This research was an amazing opportunity that helped me to broaden my horizons into an area that is not closely related to my current field of study, and introduced me to the research methods used at the graduate level.  Also, this past summer, I spent 2 months in Argentina at an analysis lab of a private medical clinic researching biochemists and their standing in society.  This independent study expanded my knowledge and skills as a researcher and allowed me to experience a new culture.  Lastly, this past summer I have started a research project with my chemistry faculty advisor that investigates the location of DNA damage using mass spectrometry.  This project gives me the opportunity to apply concepts that I have learned in the classroom to real life and I will use this research as my Senior Honors Project.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to lead others. In my honors classes, I am challenged to be a leader on campus and to serve others. Also, there are several student organizations on campus that allow students to be leaders, give their input, and make changes to improve the university.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

After graduation I plan on continuing to pursue my interests in chemistry and physics by attending graduate school.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

I have made a positive impact while I have been at East Carolina University by striving to lead and serve others. I have taken advantage of the many opportunities that I have had to be a leader on campus. Serving others has shown me the importance of giving back to the community and helping others.