Professional Statement
     In my sophomore year of high school, I took my first biology class. At that moment I became interested in the inner workings of the body and the systems that function within. During these impressionable years, I made a decision to continue my interests by majoring in Biological Sciences.
     At East Carolina University, I have been able to explore many different aspects within the field of Biology. I have taken classes such as Genetics, Cell Physiology, Animal Physiology and Ecology which have given further insight into such a vast field.
     My expected graduation date is December 2006.  Prior to graduating I plan to take the Dental Admissions Test and then apply to dental school. While in dental school I would like to specialize in the area of Forensic Odontology. After graduating from dental school I would like to open my own dental office while assisting in crime investigations.
     In both my junior and senior years of college I have gained experience as a Lab Assistant in the Microbiology Lab. As an Assistant I am responsible for making various types of media on which to grow bacteria. Some of the types of media used within the lab are: lactose fermentation, oxidation-fermentation, and nutrient agar. There are several types of bacteria that are grown within the lab such as Escherichia coli, Stapphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes. While working in the lab I have gained knowledge about the physiology of bacteria and the mechanisms by which it thrives.
        This summer I will gain research experience while working with a mentor at Elizabeth City State University.  The research team with which I will be working is the TeraScan team.  The purpose of the our research will be to automate a TeraScan image, thus eliminating the need for an individual to manually process images received from the NOAA satellite. I am really excited about being able to assist with a research project which would be my first experience. Biology is a very exciting field and assisting in a project will give me the hands-on experience I need to further my career.