My name is Samantha but most people usually call me Sam. I love to do anything outdoors like surfing and backpacking. I also like space and the fact that time is relative, and that more colors exist than we can see. My life goal is to be an astronaut but for now I'm studying biology. I spent my fall sophomore semester at the marine lab, taking marine biology classes and doing research. My independent study was on population genomics of summer flounder, and I worked in Dr. Johnson's lab studying the effects of temperature on Prochlococcus. I'm thinking about going to graduate school in marine biology someday, but we'll see. Outside of class I am really interested in STEM outreach with elementary and middle school girls. At the marine lab, I got to organize and participate in a science and math club for elementary school girls. This past semester I volunteered with FEMMES and next year I will serve as their Outreach Coordinator. Also, I'm in Cooper House, a selective living group.
I'd like to end by just saying that the Baldwin program has met and surpassed all my expectations. Going into the program I was excited and ready to learn about issues surrounding the experience of women at Duke. I have learned about that for sure, but also so much more. Already by the end of just one semester in the program I have learned so much about myself and how I view myself than I would have ever thought. Furthermore, I have a community of amazing peers and friends who inspire me all the time. I am so thankful for the Baldwin Scholars program and how it has already shaped my time here at Duke. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the program or what I'm involved in at Duke!