The Elon College Fellows program has been the cornerstone of my Elon experience. From my first day on campus, I had a cohort of peers with similar interests. As I grew more focused on my area of interest, ECF helped me to find a mentor who could help guide me along the research process.
As part of my Fellows project, I spent six weeks in South Africa surveying approxim
ately 250 health care workers regarding their knowledge and attitudes regarding HIV. Additionally, I asked my participants about their opinions for the future of HIV and maternal care, improvement of their working conditions, and impressions of their department of health. I was able to present the findings of my research in the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.
In addition to allowing me to conduct original research, the Fellows program also allowed me to study abroad for a semester, where I gained hands-on experience in my field while I attended a university in the United Kingdom.
My scholarly work did not end at graduation. I will be conducting research in conjunction with the Magee Women's Research Institute in Pittsburgh on labor and genetic analgesics. In the fall of 2010, I will begin graduate school at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to pursue a master's in science degree in reproductive and sexual health research. Beyond these plans, I will attend medical school to become an obstetrician/gynecologist for women in developing