Sara Bajor, Class of 2015
Hometown: York, Pa.
Major: Biology and Computer Science
Graduation Plans: Ph.D. in Biology or Computer Science; a career at the intersection of these two disciplines.
“While Biology has been my strongest passion, I find extraordinary value in the skill set provided by a Computer Science degree,” she says. “Wherever I end up, I hope to be working at the forefront of technology because I believe human innovation is the only way to ensure a sustainable future.”
Current Work and Research Project:
This fall, Bajor begins research with Dr. Akshaye Dhawa of the Math and Computer Science Department to fully explore the Python programming language and the concepts of his course, “In Silico Design” which she will take concurrently. She plans to complete several research experiences spanning both Biology and Computer Science, and ultimately combining the two majors into her career.
Plans to promote the common good:
Bajor hopes to help work towards an environmentally sustainable future for all humans. In the summer of 2012, she interned at SunPower Builders, a solar installation and sustainable design construction company. “Jon Costanza, the President of SunPower Builders, has a quote that is one of my favorites,” says Bajor. “He says, ‘Evolution has taught us that the earth will survive; it’s about saving the humans.’ Hearing this put sustainability in a whole different perspective for me. While both historians and medical practitioners have the noble jobs of protecting the past and the present, respectively, I see an immense importance to protect the future.”
Most interesting leadership experience so far:
In high school, Bajor was Colorguard Captain and President of the Asian Culture Club. In the former, she was responsible for choreographing and teaching other people, in the latter, she was responsible for planning meetings, leading activities, and allocating responsibilities to the other officers. “I am fully prepared to bring the leadership skills I began fostering in high school to the college level,” says Bajor. “I am ready to be an important leader in the Ursinus community to help others find ways towards their own achievements.”