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.