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About the Award
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Hometown/State: Raleigh, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Henry G. and Nancy Williamson Leadership East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Biomedical
Engineering, Minor in Mathematics
All of the faculty and staff that I met when visiting ECU made me feel at home. The Honors College staff made me feel especially welcome at ECU and I was confident that I would be able to accomplish all of the academic and professional goals I had for my undergraduate education at ECU.
has given me the freedom to be a truly full time student at ECU. I am
very fortunate that I do not have to worry about paying back student loans or
affording to pay for my college education. This allows me to focus on
learning and participating in activities that interest me.
The study abroad
stipend also allowed me to study in India during the summer of 2013. Without this stipend, I doubt that I would
have ever had the opportunity to experience going to another country without my
family and gaining a deeper appreciation for Indian culture.
During the Spring
of 2014, I also had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC with my fellow
EC Scholars. We had the opportunity to
get a behind the scenes tour of the Smithsonian and learn about the research
that goes on there. This helped me see
the variety and breadth of research that can be done.
This will be my
third year working in ECU's biomechanics lab, which is part of the Department
of kinesiology. I have learned a lot
about the field of biomechanics, including the related anatomy and physiology,
different areas of research in this field, clinical/medical applications of
this research, and the types of technologies used in this field which include
ultrasound and motion capture.
I was a recipient
of an Spring 2013 ECU Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity reward,
presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium
(SNCURCS) during the Fall of 2013, and presented at ECU's Research and
Creativity Week (RCAW) during the Spring of 2014.
I am currently
developing an automated ultrasound image processing algorithm using Matlab to create
a more efficient way to analyze muscle movements from ultrasound images. All of the
faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the lab are great
mentors and help me learn how to be a better researcher. I look forward to continuing my work this
During the Fall
2013-Spring 2014 school year, I was President-Elect of ECU's Biomedical
Engineering Society (BMES), a volunteer tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center
(PTC), and co-chair for the ECU Honors College Recruitment Committee. This year, I will
be President of the Biomedical engineering society and continue tutoring for
the PTC. This will also be my second
year in a row serving as student leader for the annual Freshman Honors College
I want to become
a medical researcher when I grow up. I
love research and I really like the idea of doing clinically applicable and
translational research which I feel can make a direct, positive impact in
health care. I plan to pursue an MD/PhD
program upon graduation and currently have interests in medical imaging,
orthopedics, surgery, and medical devices.
Admittedly this is a very broad list, but at this point in my career I
think that EVERYTHING is interesting and I like to think that's not a bad
With each medical
and research experience I have (including doing basic science research at the
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences; working in ECU's
biomechanics lab; and participating in the East Carolina Heart Institute/Honors
College summer internship program), I become more passionate in my desire to
make a positive impact through medical research as a physician scientist.
One of the biggest
positive impacts I have had while at ECU is my experience as a tutor at the
PTC. I really enjoy helping students not
only do well in their classes, but really understand the content and be able to
apply this information to other classes.
One of the best feelings in the world is showing a student how to
approach a problem and watching them not only finish the rest of their
assignment on their own, but also helping out their other classmates who have
similar problems! I really enjoy helping
students take control of their education and look forward to continuing to
tutor this year.