Emory Scholars experience and accomplish many great things during their time at Emory and after graduation. We highlight a few of their experiences here.
My Year in London
by Ernest Brown '12C
The Scholars Program giveth and the Scholars Program giveth some more. For the second time I've gotten the chance to study abroad thanks to the Emory Scholars Program. I spent the 2011-2012 academic year in London after spending the summer of 2010 in Morocco. I picked a spectacular year to be here. 2012 saw the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Games of the XXX Olympiad, both of which I got to take part in. I caught a glimpse of Her Majesty floating down the River Thames with the thousand boat flotilla and sang the national anthem before the USA men's basketball team took the floor to beat the Lithuanian squad. But before the exciting summer, I had an equally adventurous 5 week-long journey around Europe and Morocco during the spring. British school essentially run a trimester system, and there is a long break between each trimester. I bought a rail pass and went to Spain, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Belgium. Later in the year I spent a week in Istanbul before starting my summer internship.
On the domestic front I learned to cook a lot. British food makes sure of that. It's true what they say about Brits knowing way more about America than we know about Britain and this led to some lively dinner table discussions. Because so many Emory students study abroad there, Emory actually has a local program director who puts together different activities from football matches to trips to nearby cities.
I studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science which is good at the subjects you think it is. They used a different class structure, in which you have 1 hour of lecture a week from a professor and then 1 hour of discussion with a graduate student a week. The lack of much contact time left a lot of time to explore London but also put the work of trying to understand the lecture on the student.This year was incredible along just about any dimension. I had great professors, made great friends, went to exciting new places, and got to see Britain at its finest. And all this was made possible by the Scholars Program. So go somewhere. You've got no reason not to.
A SURE Summer
by Susanna Brantley '12C
This summer, I was supported by the Emory Scholars program as a participant in a ten week internship on Emory’s campus – the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. As a SURE student, I worked full time as a researcher in Dr. Todd Schlenke’s lab in the Emory Biology Department. I had begun research in Dr. Schlenke’s lab during my junior year, focusing on the role of evolutionarily conserved signaling pathways in the immune responseof fruit flies. As a participant in the SURE program, I was able to work full time on my project and learn more about the realities of working in a laboratory setting as a future graduate student. I am pursuing a joint BS/ MS degree in biology and will use my research in Dr. Schlenke’s lab as topic for
my thesis. Furthermore, much of the research I completed this summer will be a part of lab publications in the near future. The SURE program allowed me
to not only spend a lot of time doing experiments, but also gave me experience presenting my findings at a poster symposium and gave me the opportunity to meet other young people interested in science and research. The SURE program provides weekly seminars and panels that educate research interns about science ethics, careers in science, and funding and applying for continuing science education. I know that my experience in the program gave me insight and experience that will help me this coming semester as I apply to graduate school. Furthermore, I feel better prepared to succeed in graduate school after completing my degrees at Emory because of participation in SURE and the support of the Emory Scholars program.