Find Your Place at Arcadia.
Kyrillos Awad ’12
THE ARCADIA PROMISE:
As Constant as the Castle
I gained two years of lab experience conducting research with Dr. Sheryl Smith. She helped me learn bioinformatics in relation to my Senior Capstone project. I investigated the evolutionary divergence of the insulator protein CTCF in Drosophila (fruit fly). I don’t know where I would be without the skills that I’ve developed through her mentorship.
Leading the Biology Club, which aims to increase interest in the field through fun activities, active discourse, and community service events, has taught me the skill of managing simultaneous projects effectively. I have also learned how to coordinate between different parties to achieve a common goal. As a pre-medical student, I have found that both of these skills are invaluable in building a solid foundation for graduate school. I have also been able to apply what I've learned to my studies. For example, a guest speaker of ours was a biology professor who emphasized drawing biological structures to help understand them more thoroughly. I began doing this and as a result my attention to detail has increased noticeably.
The previous Biology Club president, Rachel Palis ’10, originally proposed bringing the bees to campus. During the summer of 2010, I acted as a liaison between members of Arcadia's administration and Suzanne Matlock, an awesome beekeeper without whose help this project would not have been successful. We selected a suitable site for the bees, keeping in mind both habitat and logistical concerns. I then contacted the people in charge of freshman orientation, and they agreed to help get the site cleaned up as part of the orientation's community service requirement. Both hives (and the bees) were donated locally. Since then, both the Biology Club and the Environmental Network have been taking care of the bees, as well as attending beekeeping sessions hosted by the Matlocks. As a result we are now superior beekeepers!
- Biology Major
- Pre-Med Focus
- President of Arcadia University Biology Club
- Environmental Network
- Student-Faculty Research with Dr. Sheryl Smith