Hometown/State: Greenville, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Samuel J. Wornom III & Sandra L. Wornom East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: BS Biology/BA Chemistry
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I decided to come to ECU because of the wonderful opportunities the school has to offer me. I am also from Greenville, and I love this town. Receiving the scholarship was crucial in helping me decide on ECU.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to experience particular events or activities that I would have otherwise not been able to partake in. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to study in Australia which would have not been possible without the $5000 stipend the scholarship provides to study abroad. I have also been able to do research at the Brody School of Medicine where I am currently doing my honors senior thesis.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Last year I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gallien and a few fellow scholars to evaluate a health coaching program in the local area. I am currently working on an Epigenetic/ Obesity/ Diabetes project at the Brody School of Medicine with Dr. Murashov. In the same lab, I have also started working on a project to better understand Alzheimer's disease with a mouse model. This experience has definitely been an amazing one; being able to work in a lab setting with a large experiment. This has also increased my experience with basic lab techniques and has allowed me to help other people with the knowledge that we have garnered. I am also working on a cardiovascular study with Drosophila Melanogaster to analyze metabolic functioning between different lifestyles among flies.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I am part of the EC Scholar Round Table where we make decisions about events for the scholars and I am also an Elite Pirate for ECU. Both of these groups have given me special skills, enabling me to not only lead, but to also follow
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After graduating from ECU, I plan to go to medical school and become a medical doctor for the Greenville community, which has fostered my growth and passion for medicine.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
While at East Carolina University, I have been given the opportunity to be part of the Honors Ambassadors, HOSA Club, and I recently created a Table Tennis Club. I am also part of the EC Scholar Round Table and I am an Elite Pirate of ECU. All of these groups have given me special skills, enabling me to not only lead, but to also follow.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
While at ECU, I have been able to work towards serving my community, spending my time volunteering at the Golden Living community center, the Sheppard Memorial Library, and Vidant Health Medical Center. It has been wonderful being able to give back to the community that has given me so much.