Chemistry and Biology
Kody, from Lumberton, North Carolina, graduated in May of 2016 with a double major in chemistry and biology. Two of Kody’s most proud accomplishments were maintaining his GPA and being inducted into both the chemistry and biology honors societies at UNCP. Being in the Honors College gave Kody the opportunity to take challenging classes: “The Honors College courses pushed me academically and made me rise to a new level which shaped me as a person inside and outside of the classroom.”
Kody’s senior research project was working to create a bead that would purify water. He hoped to make it affordable and easy to assemble so that it could easily adapt to different environments and in case of natural disaster be easily accessed. Kody conducted research by diluting water samples with metal and other contaminants, and then proceeded to run those samples through the bead column. After this was processed he tested the water again to see if the contaminants had been removed.
After graduation Kody planned to attend medical school in the fall of 2016. He advises honor students to study hard and work outside the normal comfort zone, and that working hard will come in handy when having to work in the real world: “It is best to start working on adapting to a diverse group of people and new environments now!”