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OLLU experience leads student to London

Kathleen Traver made every moment count at Our Lady of the Lake University. Wanting smaller classes and individual attention, Kathleen transferred from the University of the Incarnate Word in fall 2010 and immersed herself in academic and campus life.

“I joined Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Sigma Zeta, chemistry club, math society, Sigma Tau Delta and so many other organizations, which provided memorable experiences,” Kathleen says. During 2012-13, Kathleen won the President’s Volunteer Service Award after completing 103 hours of community service.

“The one-on-one experience with faculty was also a very big positive,” she says. “I started with a major in biology, but chemistry just seemed to grow on me. I added chemistry as a major and loved it enough to just keep going.”

Since graduating in May with a double major, Kathleen has been accepted to Berbick University of London, a prestigious school in the United Kingdom, where she will pursue a one-year master’s program in chemical research. She cites her experience with instruments and research at OLLU as key factors that prepared her for acceptance at Berbick.

“My experiences at the Lake were phenomenal once I started to become involved with the community,” she says. “I’ve yet to experience an environment like the science and math department at OLLU, where the faculty will go out of their way to help a student. Whether it was for classes, GRE/MCAT, graduate schools, internship or research opportunities, it always seemed like the number one priority for the faculty was to get each student prepared, experienced and at their full potential before leaving the Lake.

“After this master’s, I’m hoping to apply for a PhD in the UK and perhaps a post doc. If all goes well, I’m expecting to teach at the university level or try for opportunities in clinical research.”

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