Trivedi - Mansi

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EC Scholars - Class of 2015

Mansi Trivedi

Hometown/State: Cary, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Double Major Biology and Chemistry

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

At my high school I received a very personalized form of education. My teachers, counselors, and administration were interested in my growth and development as a student. East Carolina University promised me that same kind of education. The programs that ECU has to offer allows me to take control of my education while still having the guidance and support of professors and administration.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Being apart of the EC Scholars program allows me to go beyond what I learn in the classroom and apply what I learn in lectures through different research opportunities, volunteer activities, and stimulating seminar classes. In particular, my scholarship has given me the opportunity to study abroad in Jordan where I was able to participate in a Bioarcheological research project led by Dr. Megan Perry. As apart of my research project I worked in Petra excavating tombs and helped analyze human remains uncovered in the tombs.

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

My scholarship has given me the opportunity to become involved in the amazing research that is being conducted on and off campus. Freshmen and Sophomore year I had the opportunity to work in a Biology lab run by Dr. Ashley Egan which focused on phylogenetic plant research. Through the EC Scholars program I was able to learn that research is not limited to what ocurr's in the lab, but that there are many different ways to conduct research. Through the SEOSA program I was able to work with Dr. Christine Avernarius from the Anthropology department. We were able to conduct one on one interviews in order to assess the various issues surrounding  the accumulation of standing water due to poor drain water management in Nags Head North Carolina. Currently I am working in a population genetics lab run by Dr. Carol Goodwille in the Biology department.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university? 

I am Initiate Advisor for Phi Sigma Pi this year. As, Initiate Advisor I will be responsible for the initiates that will be initiating into Phi Sigma Pi this year. This year I have also been given the opportunity to be an Elite Pirate. Elite Pirates act as ambassadors for ECU and attend meetings with the chancellor and vice-chancellor and attend board of trustees meetings. We also plan a Social Justice Symposium every fall where we discuss what social justice is and how social justice issues occur on campus. I have also served as the co-chair for the programming committee of the Honors Ambassadors program for the past three years. In addition to these various activities I am also serving as representative for the Senior class on the EC Scholar Roundtable. We will be planning our second annual EC Scholar 5K this year. These amazing leadership experiences have allowed me to stay connected and involved on campus as well as given me the opportunity to make an impact.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I am apart of the early assurance program to the Brody School of Medicine so I plan to attend medical school. I am particularly interested in Reproductive Medicine. In addition to working in a hospital I would like to also pursue clinical research. After I attend medical school I would love to start a clinic in an area of the world that does not have access to medical care for women. 

What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?

Freshmen year I received an invitation to join Phi Sigma Pi a national Honors Fraternity on campus which focuses on all aspects of college life specifically scholarship, fellowship, and leadership. I am also an active member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society. I volunteer at the Grimesland Clinic and I am an intern with ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now.

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

East Carolina University has so much to offer its students, and I strive to make an impact on the university and the surrounding community by taking advantage of all those opportunities. By being involved  in a variety of different organizations on campus I am able to share new ideas and add to the growth of this university so that while I grow as a person I can make an impact on the university. And I know that being apart of the Honors College and EC Scholars program only helps me achieve my goals on campus by supporting me so that I can achieve my ambitions.
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