Allie Arguello, a senior biology student at the University of Evansville, first became interested in UE because of the soccer team, but it was on her first visit to campus that she fell in love with the biology department and their programs. She really enjoyed the small, closely connected campus. Allie feels comfortable going to her professors, which has helped her settle into her courses. The small class sizes and interaction with friends and faculty at a closer level has been a great benefit while at UE.
Connect with Alumni
Allie met two UE biology alumni who are prestigious researchers in their field of work. They both work in physiology labs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. These alumni invited some biology students to do research with them over the summer and potentially publish an article on their research. Allie also traveled to an international research conference in Boston attended by more than 20,000 people. She attended various talks about nutrition, physiology, evolution, among many other topics. She also had the opportunity to present a poster about her summer research.
Challenge your Academic Perspective
As a teacher’s assistant for a few courses in biology, Allie was able to interact with other students and answer their questions about what path she took with biology. She is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group of students who work closely with the director of athletics to ensure open, productive communication on matters of great importance to student-athletes.
Andrew Lampkins, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry, worked closely with Allie through her time at UE. He took the time to get to know Allie and her strengths and weaknesses so he could better advise her on career paths that would most benefit her. Allie’s discussions with Dr. Lampkins helped her get on a path to medical school, and he was a great help as she prepared for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is essential to her future career.
Advice for prospective students
“Visit the campus is the number one thing. It is small, but you’ll learn to love that when you roll out of bed 30 minutes before class! Get involved with anything and everything. There are a lot of people who feel the same way you do, but you have to be outgoing and go out and find them.”