Elizabeth Wehren didn’t know a lot about Ball State when her dad suggested she take a campus visit. The junior biology major from Valparaiso is glad she took his advice because she found the best fit.

Elizabeth, who is concentrating in cell and molecular biology, says Ball State provides her the best career preparation. The university has the resources of a larger school but offers the hands-on experiences and faculty interaction of a smaller one.

At Ball State, I have worked closely with professors on research, doing hands-on experiments each week. Ball State has provided me much more opportunity to perfect my research skills as an undergraduate than I would have gotten elsewhere.

For instance, Elizabeth has an Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the Honors College. She is exploring why and how a traditional Chinese medicine called red yeast rice seems to be effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Her experience in the lab helped her secure a summer immunology research internship at the University of Pittsburgh and a presentation at the University of Cincinnati’s annual immunology retreat.

Elizabeth credits the caring Ball State professors, both in the Department of Biology and the Honors College, with helping her set the path for her future in biomedical research. She appreciates the balance the more discussion-based honors classes provide with the scientific courses required for her major and the biotechnology certificate program.

Outside the classroom, Elizabeth is involved in several campus organizations, including the Catholic Student Union and Students for Life. She is also president of the Knitting and Crochet Club, where members enjoy twice weekly gatherings to help one another bring creative projects to life.

About Elizabeth

Class of 2018
Hometown: Valparaiso, Indiana
Major: Biology
Activities: Knitting and Crochet Club, Students for Life, Catholic Student Union, Undergraduate Research Fellow.

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