Amanda Campbell, June 2012
Winner of the Best Graduate Paper in Natural Sciences
Check out Amanda's research at: http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/studentresearch-awards2012/
What is your academic area of study?
I have a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and am currently taking upper level biology
classes and some graduate classes. I plan on pursing a Master's Degree in Biology
What inspired you to seek a college education?
I have always liked school and love to learn new things; therefore, attending college
was always a given for me. I graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College and applied
to medical school. After my interview at the University of Louisville, they informed
me that I would need to take more upper-level biology classes to be seen as more competitive.
At that point, I applied and was accepted to WKU. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time
at this college and hope to graduate with a second degree from here.
What would you say your motivation for succeeding is?
I am a goal driven person who strives to learn something new every day. I think that
school is a way to broaden our knowledge, while better preparing us for a better future.
I am the first person in my family to attend college, so I see school and a career
as a way to better myself. My motivation is to succeed in becoming a person that will
be able to support not only myself, but also a future family.
Do you have any academic achievements you would like to share, and what are some of
your possible career goals?
I recently won an award at the Student Research Conference that occurred at the Western
Bowling Green campus. I won an award for the Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences
Session. I presented recent research that I conducted about the enzyme telomerase.
It is an enzyme that becomes active in cancer cells allowing cancer to divide an infinite
number of times. There has been a great deal of work on telomerase in the past with
regards to a possible cancer treatment. The research I conducted focused on this.
I traced the ancestral origin of telomerase with hopes of finding a way to modify
telomerase to cause it to become less functional. This would cause it to function
less in cancer cells, while maintaining a basal level of function in the cells of
our body that require the enzyme. I think that this information could help lead to
a possible cancer therapeutic. I presented the research in the form of a power point
in a Natural Science session for graduate students.
As I mentioned before, I have applied to medical school. I am applying again in June
with hopes of starting at U of L in August of 2013. I would like to end up specializing
in the field of cardiology. In the meantime, I am hoping to complete a Master's degree
at WKU-O. I am currently attempting to get everything figured out financially so that
I may continue taking classes.
In as many words as you would like, please tell us a little about yourself.
I am originally from a small town in Webster County. I moved here to attend college
and haven't left. I currently work on Cardiac Stepdown at the hospital here in Owensboro.
This helped me decide that cardiology was a perfect fit. I love helping people who
are sick and participating in their care. It is a very fulfilling and rewarding job.