Summer Smith

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Nursing

I chose to apply to UNCP's Pre-licensure Nursing Program because I heard so many great things about it. One thing in particular that I heard about was the pre-licensure program's outstanding passing rate. The alumni of UNCP have expressed some positive things about the program and those are the things that I took into consideration when I applied. 

During my time at UNCP, there have been many experiences during our clinical rotations and simulation labs that have left an impacting effect on how I view patient care. The moment that made the biggest impact on my view of nursing was during our labor and delivery clinical rotation.  I had the chance to experience the bond between a family after child birth. After this clinical experience, I knew I had found exactly where I was meant to be. Throughout the time I have spent in this program, I learned how important it is to give the best safe and quality patient care when working as a nurse. 

Lonzie Hedgepeth

Student

Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major

Chemistry and Biology

Student Hometown

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Career Aspirations and Goals:

My aspirations in life has been to become a pharmacologist emphasizing
molecular biology, genetics, and the effects of drug interactions.

Current Research Activities:

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Fall 2016-Present): Currently, I am working on a
project exploring the use of medicinal plants by Southeastern American Indians with Dr. Sandefur, in
the Sandefur lab. The objective of this project is to investigate the cellular mechanisms of the efficacy
of medicinal plants. In doing so, we wish to answer two questions: (1) does the decline in the use of
traditional medicines correlates with declining positive health benefits, and (2) do interactions between
currently used traditional medicines and western therapies contribute to health disparities in American
Indian communities?

Other Research Experiences:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Summer 2016-Present): During the summer, I
worked with Patrick McCarter on a project which aimed to investigate Mitogen-Activated Protein
Kinases (MAPKs) in budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The objective was to define the
dynamic interactions between the two branches (Sln1, Sho1) in the HOG pathways that both respond
to hyper-osmotic stress and activate the same stress adaption mechanism through the Hog1 MAPK.

 

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