Meet the peer mentor: Boomer Russell

Boomer being Boomer

Hey guys!  My name is Boomer Russell and I will be a Junior Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology at Maryville College.

I’m very involved in the MC community.  To name a few, I am a Team Leader for the Student Programming Board, an Ambassador, a Peer Mentor (x2), and an officer for Tri-Beta.

My career goals are not set in stone, but I plan to either attend an osteopathic medical school or graduate school in a biomedical field.  This past semester I worked with Dr. Gibson and one of her Senior Study students on a project studying the binding behavior of a protein she works with while also learning a lot of new lab techniques!  It’s pretty lit.

Outside of class and research, you could find me at the sand volleyball court, at taco bell, laughing hysterically with friends, or studying!  I’m super excited to get started in August.  I’m the most excited to give back to the program that welcomed me to Maryville College two years ago, you have no idea how excited I am for you all to go through this program and then freshman orientation!  Also, I really like cheese, so I hope we do the cheese making lab.  You guys are gonna love it!  See y’all soon!

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Meet the Peer mentor: Morgan Gast

Hey everyone! My name is Morgan Gast. I’m coming into my junior year at Maryville College as a math major with a religion minor. Although my passion for math runs deep, I actually started my career here as a Biochemistry major. I spent last year working under Dr. Angelia Gibson on a research project to genetically engineer an antibody that would bind to a protein called TLT-1, which is found on platelets. This project proved to be successful and it took us to the University of Puerto Rico to work alongside Dr. Valence Washington’s lab, who was spearheading the research project, for a week last December. Most days you can find me scratching my head in front of a white board in Sutton; but if I’m not there I am either planning/working events for the Student Programming Board, tutoring high school kids in math, singing in Lake Hills Presbyterian church choir, or training to run a random race with my friends.  S3 has made me the busiest woman alive. It has also presented me with the opportunities of a lifetime and I am so excited to watch this new group grow and experience some of the same opportunities. I learned what I really loved to do in this program and I can’t wait for this new class to do the same.

 

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