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.