Rebecca working in one of the Clemson University labs

Rebecca Jones

Anchorage, Alaska

Advanced Discoveries

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.

Rebecca's Path

Why genetics?

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.

Rebecca on a ski trip with her family

Campus visit

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.

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A jump start

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.

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Rebecca with in a group photo with her EUREKA! program cohorts

Rest. Repeat.

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.

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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.

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