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Lauren Searls

Lauren Searls

Hometown: Pittsford, New York
Major: Biochemistry
Class: 2009

Simmons activities: Honors Program, Varsity Crew, Chemistry-Physics Liaison, Tri-Beta (Biology Honor Society), Chemistry student group leader and teaching assistant

Resume builder: "Simmons professors have encouraged me to explore research opportunities. I've worked with Professor Bruce Gray on his Alzheimer's research and in Professor Rich Gurney's chemistry lab. I also participated in a summer Research Experience Undergraduate program at Duquesne University, where my research focused on the design and synthesis of anti-cancer agents. With Professor Gurney and several other classmates, I spent a summer helping researchers in Santa Fe, Argentina, create and characterize a new green polymer (plastic) that can be used to make and recycle the same kind of materials again and again - a process known as closed-loop recycling. I continued the green polymer research at Simmons for my senior independent study."

Why Simmons: "As an all-women's school in Boston, Simmons offers a focused environment, with a lot of exposure to the scientific community. One of the most impressive things about Simmons is the commitment, interest, and respect that professors give to their students."

Favorite class: "Explosive Mix is an honors course that challenged me intellectually and exposed me to a subject matter beyond my science studies: genocide in Rwanda, Ukraine, Bosnia, and Chechnya. The course solidified my decision to pursue international health."

Insider tip: "Dining in Boston is always fun, especially when you're surrounded by good company. You can find a variety of great food: sushi, Thai, Italian, Greek, and Mexican."

After Simmons: "My dream is to be involved with humanitarian efforts around the world, most likely in the field of international health. At Simmons, I've grown intellectually, professionally, and socially, making lasting connections with faculty as well as peers. This experience, combined with my passion for diverse cultures, will allow me to make a meaningful impact on the communities I serve in the future."

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