Hometown: Guilford, CT
College: College of Science
What was you favorite Honors class?
My favorite Honors class at Northeastern was the first-year seminar, New Strategies in the Fight Against Cancer, taught by Professor Lee Makowski. I took this class my first semester at Northeastern. My experience in this course confirmed that I really wanted to pursue a career in Biology. This class showed me all the promise and limitations in current cancer research as well as the future in the field. I really appreciated this course because the students were not restricted to just Biology students. This allowed for there to be a diverse spread of viewpoints on the different topics. For example, when doing our final projects, some were on biological pathways or novel therapies for cancer; however, they also were on the perception of cancer in the media as well as the impact of journalism on the field. This course exposed me to many sides of the field of cancer research and further strengthened my passion in biological research. I went on to be the TA of this course the following year, which helped to show me that I also want to pursue a career in academia.
During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?
I would say the most life-shaping experience throughout my time at Northeastern would be participating in research. In my second semester at Northeastern, I was able to begin a work-study position in the Chai lab, a lab on campus that studies biofilm formation in bacteria. Doing research quickly became a passion for me, as I would put in any free time I could into being in the lab. I continued to work in the lab for the next year. After this, I did my co-op in the lab, during which I led a research project that eventually was published in Spring 2015. I then did another co-op in the same lab, during which I truly became independent in the lab and began training undergraduates. This experience fostered within me a deep passion for research. This has definitely shaped my future, as now I am pursuing a PhD in Biology after I graduate.
What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?
For me, I would say the most memorable part was being able to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to present research with my friend and collaborator Jacob Barlow. We were funded by an Honors Travel Grant which allowed us to register for the conference. We were able to present our findings on a collaborative interdisciplinary project that fused my passion for microbiology and Jake’s passion for chemical engineering. We had many great experiences presenting at local conferences, but this was the first time we had traveled (let alone internationally) to present. It was also the first time I had been out of the United States, so I will certainly never forget this. I had never really felt like pursuing an international experience, but this experience opened up my eyes that I should broaden my horizons. I really would say this was the most memorable part of my Honors Program experience and would not have been possible without the support of the Honors Program.
Where are you headed after you graduate?
After I graduate, I will be attending a PhD program in Biology at MIT, where I will continue to pursue a career in biological research.