As an independent researcher for The Heart Lab, I had the opportunity to study various cardiovascular measures under the leadership and supervision of Dr. Feairheller. My study investigated the relationship between carotid artery inter-media thickness, blood pressure, and blood glucose and cholesterol levels in males and females.
What Was Valuable About the Experience
This experience has been an amazing part of my Ursinus College career. At most undergraduate institutions research is difficult to become involved with, and it is almost unheard of for an undergraduate to be the lead author on a manuscript. Dr. Feairheller has taught me about research methods, analyzing statistics, administering exercise tests, and many other important tools that I will certainly use again in graduate school.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
My favorite part of the experience was definitely the other researchers I got to work with in the lab. The Heart Lab team is full of students who are bright and inspired. On top of that, I really enjoyed the cooperative and helpful atmosphere of our lab. Every researcher helps out with all of the studies, so everyone is listed as an author for every study.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
At Ursinus, a professor that had a profound impact on my experience was Dr. Tina Wailgum. Like every other Health and Exercise Physiology major, I had four classes with her. Dr. Wailgum is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, and I learned so much in every one of her classes. She expects a lot out of all of her students, yet her kindness and passion for her job are truly an inspiration. She was always willing to help or give advice, even on matters not pertaining to class.
The Heart Lab, Fellow for the Center for Science and the Common Good, Ursinus College Women’s Tennis, Phi Epsilon Kappa honors society, Tau Sigma Gamma sorority