2013-2014 Eldean Pierce Graduate Fellowship Award
Rachel Pollard, winner of the 2013-2014 Eldean Pierce Graduate Fellowship Award
The winner of the 2013-2014 Eldean Pierce Graduate Fellowship is Rachel Pollard. Rachel received a check for $1500 to support her first year of graduate study from the chapter and has been entered into the competition for national awards from Phi Kappa Phi. Rachel is from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and graduated from the NC School of Science and Mathematics. She is an East Carolina scholar and member of the Honors College. Rachel is a pre-veterinary student completing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Rachel has been active on campus serving as President of the Rising Leaders Circle and as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the ECU Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. She played intramural sports and volunteered with the Pirate Tutoring Center, the Humane Society, the Little Willie Center and rocking Horse Ranch. She completed two internships: one in Health Education and Promotion involved establishing a patient navigator system for people living with HIV. The other was with the Humane Society and involved preparing a needs assessment for the shelter and a program to enrich the lives of felines. Rachel has also been very involved with scientific research at ECU. She worked with Dr. Lamb in biology in his lab. Her first project, which was funded by an ECU undergraduate research award, assessed the validity of a subspecies of Namib darkling beetles by comparing mitochondrial DNA sequences. She was the co-author on a journal article published on this project. She is continuing this line of work for her honorís thesis by studying a species of the same genus which is classified as having two phenotypically distinct subspecies. She has presented to ECU research week, the state of NC Research Symposium and the Southeastern Biologists annual meeting. Rachel also studied terrestrial and marine tropical ecology in Panama. More recently, she has been employed as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital where she has gained experience for her future career. Rachel has been accepted to veterinary school at Cornell University, Auburn University and North Carolina State University. She plans to serve as a veterinarian in the US Army Veterinary Corps for several years.