weeks before her freshman year began, rebecca jones was on campus spending her days conducting research in a microbiology lab. learning techniques. making friends.
opportunity for advanced discoveries soon led to an unexpected friendship — and a prestigious academic honor.
i'm the only person in my family with curly hair. a genetics unit in my ninth-grade biology class sparked my interest in genes and how something so small can inflict such great change in someone's body.
when touring clemson, i met with ali starr-moss, who's the undergraduate adviser for genetics majors. she put a curriculum in front of me and said, "you can do this." i knew then i'd found the perfect mix of spirited fun and rigorous academics.schedule a visit » opens new window
since i am in the calhoun honors college, i had the opportunity to participate in eureka! the summer before my freshman year, which was one of the best decisions i have made. not only did i find my second family — which was so important for a girl from alaska — i began cultivating a love for research.calhoun honors college » opens new window
it was such an honor to be asked by dr. tzeng to assist maryam with her research, which is ultimately trying to find a way to kill cancer cells. but the way she has trusted me and invited me into her project — and her life — has been so special. i actually didn't believe her when she told me she was going to include me in this huge academic honor.
eureka!, creative inquiry, calhoun honors college, genetics — no matter a student's major or interest area, there's an opportunity to conduct research and dive into ideas that intrigue.