Honors junior Sophia Yang has been awarded the 2018-19 George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship. Yang is a chemistry and exercise science double major. This scholarship is to support her biomedical research on obesity. Funding from this award will go towards supplies and to support her travel to Orlando to present at a national conference, Experimental Biology.
Mrs. Sheila Garrett established the George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship in 2017 in honor of her late husband George Williams Garrett. Mr. Garrett, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, was a mathematician and systems analyst. Mrs. Garrett is a medical technologist whose career spanned 45 years. The Garrett family is devoted to scientific research, especially research focused on medical applications.
The George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship provides $1000 support to students in the Honors College at Appalachian pursuing careers in scientific research with preference given to students who are planning to work in medicine or medical research. Honors College students in good standing and performing research in fields related to the biomedical field are eligible to apply. This scholarship supports research and related travel expenses outside of coursework.
For her Honors thesis research, Yang has been working with Dr. Brooke Christian, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. Yang plans to graduate in May of 2020. As the recipient of this year's Garrett award, she shared,
"I'm passionate about my research, not only because it satifies my intellectural curiosity on the subject matter, but also because it prepares me for future classes in biology and chemistry. I have had the opportunity to get hands-on practice using techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology, which many chemistry students are not exposed to until their junior or senior year. Undergraduate research at Appalachian has challenged me to problem-solve and work with my hands in a real-life research setting that is completely different from pre-designed lab courses."
Yang came to the United States from China alone to attend high school in Asheville. She was accepted to the Honors College at Appalachian State University for Fall 2016 semester. While at Appalachian, Yang has volunteered at the Watauga Medical Center and F.A.R.M. Cafe, and she has been a LEAD tutor for general chemistry.
Congratulations, Sophia on this award! We in the Honors College look forward to following your future successes.
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Story by Garrett Alexandrea McDowell, Ph.D.