“I think all the hard sciences provide not only an explanation of the phenomenon we experience every day, but the question of ‘what can we learn next,’ a question I want to answer.”
Winterville, North Carolina
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Jamie Chamberlin found everything she wanted at East Carolina University: a large school with a small campus feel, rigorous academics and a chance to come back home.
Before spending the past two years at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, she was a student at South Central High School.
Chamberlin is one of 20 incoming EC Scholars - the most prestigious undergraduate award program offered at ECU. The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of $62,000.
The 18-year-old also has been accepted into the early assurance program in medicine, which guarantees entry to ECU's Brody School of Medicine upon satisfactory completion of her undergraduate degree.
"Being an EC Scholar is one of the biggest opportunities and accomplishments I've ever been given," Chamberlin said. "It is the opportunity to go to a remarkable college with motivated peers in the Honors College who hopefully will push me beyond my boundaries to be the best possible student and person I can be during my four years as an undergraduate."
Chamberlin was impressed with the ECU biology professors she met during her visit. "Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by the world around me, especially in regards to biology," Chamberlin said. "I think all the hard sciences provide not only an explanation of the phenomenon we experience every day, but the question of 'what can we learn next,' a question I want to answer."
She said majoring in biochemistry will provide a challenge in a subject she loves and help decide what type of medicine to practice.
In high school, she had the opportunity to conduct research in a Duke University lab and, while she enjoyed it, discovered she'd prefer to work with patients. "I'd love to combine my love for medicine and biology into some form of clinical research," Chamberlin said. "I'm excited to be a part of the early assurance to medicine program at ECU and I hope that through that opportunity I will be able to define my passion in medicine towards a singular profession."
This year, she has been AP biology teacher's assistant, taught math and science to elementary and middle school students through webcasts, and designed and created a documentary, "Humans of Durham," modeled after the popular "Humans of New York." She was a semi-finalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program, and is a National Honor Society and National Math and Science Honor Society member. Her activities have included Rotary Interact, track, orchestra, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
She hasn't picked a particular country for study abroad, but wants to spend a semester away from Greenville. "If I could travel anywhere, I'd go somewhere in Europe or Asia that would allow me access to study the medical structure in other countries," Chamberlin said. "I'm very interested in how the health care system is set up in countries with universal coverage instead of purely privatized insurance. I'd love to volunteer and experience the health care system in another modern country in order to compare the health care system at home."
She is the daughter of Cindy Elmore and James Chamberlin.