Meet an Alum

LaurenTurner ('16)

Why did you choose UNH? I've always been in love with the New England area, and I was especially impressed with the opportunities for undergraduate research that UNH presented. When I first toured the campus, I loved it so much I didn't want to leave! Another big factor for me was that UNH offered a specific Genetics major, and that they counted my AP credits from high school towards my degree. Because of the AP credits I came into college with, I am going to be able to pursue a double major in Psychology.

Did you know that you wanted to major in genetics when you arrived on campus? Yes, I specifically looked at UNH because I knew it had a Genetics major. I plan on studying to be a Genetic Counselor, so going to a college that offered a Genetics major was important for me.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class so far has been Honors Bio 411, Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology, with Professor Charles Walker. Though it was incredibly difficult, I loved every part of it. Not only did I find the course material to be extremely interesting, but Professor Walker has by far been one of the best instructors I have ever had. He made me look forward to every lecture!

Which UNH faculty member had the greatest impact on you? Along with Professor Walker, Dr. Estelle Hrabak has been a huge help to me in my first year. She is an excellent academic advisor, and has given me so much help and advice regarding both academic and non-academic subjects.

What activities related to your major have occurred outside the classroom that has been most beneficial to you? In the fall, I had the chance to attend a student outreach event at the National Society for Genetic Counselors' annual conference, which was held in Boston. It was an amazing opportunity.  I met so many great people, and I was able to learn so much about the career! 

Another opportunity that had a huge impact on me was having the chance to work in a research lab. This spring I worked in Dr. Culligan's lab studying DNA mutations and repair pathways, and I loved it! Because of what I learned through working in the lab, I plan on eventually designing my own research project.

Describe something non-academic about which you are passionate. In addition to so many amazing academic opportunities, UNH offers a huge number of clubs, sports, and other recreational activities. I'm involved with several clubs at UNH, but one thing that I was especially passionate about was Relay for Life. 

Relay for Life is a 24-hour event in the spring that raises money for the American Cancer Society. It's a really amazing event, and I can't wait for next year!

Lauren Turner Genetics