Meet an Alum

Jennifer Dickson

Why did you choose UNH? I was initially drawn to UNH by its location, which was outside my home state of Maine, but not too far. Then when I came to visit the campus I found it beautiful and I didn't get lost, which was a huge plus, and when I attended the presentation about the Biomedical Science program I found that the program seemed focused with a clear sense of direction and had faculty members who you could just tell were passionate about what they did. That's when I decided UNH was for me.

Did you know that you wanted to major in your current major when you arrived on campus? Almost, after research into different programs I found interesting on the UNH website I decided on Biomedical Science, but I originally started in the Medical Veterinary Science option until I got here and learned more about what each option meant, then I switched into the Medical Laboratory Science option by the end of Freshman year.

What's been your favorite class thus far? Pathogenic Microbiology, because I am very interested in infectious disease.

Which UNH faculty member has had the greatest impact on you? Dr. Matt McManes gave me the opportunity to work as an undergraduate in his research lab which has lead to countless opportunities and opened so many doors for me.

What activities related to your major have occurred outside the classroom that has been most beneficial to you? I am involved in many academic activities outside the classroom, such as being an undergraduate teaching assistant for general microbiology, and tutoring for the center for academic resources, but the most influential extracurricular academic experience I have had was when I had the good fortune to be selected as a Summer Laboratory Science intern at the Mayo Clinic. I went to Rochester, MN and participated in a ten week internship in the antibody immunology lab at the Mayo Clinic and met so many brilliant people, gained many new skills for working in a real hospital lab, and also perspective on what life would be is like working in a hospital lab.

Describe something non-academic about which you are passionate. My nonacademic passion would be the outdoors, especially hiking. In my free time I have hiked almost ever peak in Acadia National Park, ME near my hometown and now I am and working down the list of 4,000 footers in the White Mts of New Hampshire. The endless network of trails in college woods is also a great place to get a dose of the outdoors when I don't have the time to travel off campus.