Elizabeth Mendes, a 2017 biology graduate, has been pursuing her PhD in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine, located in Durham, North Carolina. She has been working in the lab of Corinne M. Linardic, MD, PhD.
The biology program had a major impact on Elizabeth’s career path. “UE gave me an introduction to higher education and a world that I was not familiar with before,” she says. Her undergraduate studies not only gave her the necessary academics and research experience, but she also learned how to network, write, and present.
“I had exposure to research and grant writing my senior year, which was critical to my path towards the research field,” said Elizabeth. “At UE, the faculty believed in me and gave me the training required to be successful later in life. It wasn't about my grades, but my development.”
Elizabeth recommends that students not let their successes or failures define their future as a scientist, doctor, or teacher – whatever they may pursue. “There is a vast world outside of the Department of Biology, so don’t be afraid to look for opportunities to travel, connect, and challenge yourself,” she says. “Ask for the things you need. If you want to do research as a first-year, ask!” Elizabeth is grateful that she discovered many opportunities at UE and developed a dedicated work ethic while at the University.