Ms. Katie McHugh

Katie McHugh
Ms. Katie McHugh
Lowville, NY
Academic Honor Council, Student Judiciary Board, President of the American Chemical Society, Peer Tutor, Chemistry TA, Science Writing Center Mentor, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta

While pursuing a biochemistry major, I am also pre-med and would like to someday serve as a primary care physician in a rural area. The new Johnson Hall of Science drew me most to St. Lawrence because I knew I would be spending a lot of time in lab. The facilities are as incredible as they appear to be and because of this, I have been able to use technology and techniques that are not as available to students at other universities. The small class sizes have also provided the opportunity for me to develop relationships with my professors to the point where I feel comfortable seeking them not only for help on homework, but also for help in life in general.

The location of St. Lawrence on the outskirts of the Adirondacks has also allowed me to hike, canoe, ski, or just spend time in the woods whenever I want to. I love that I can just walk down the road after a long day in lab and go for a run in the woods or take out a canoe.

During the fall 2009 semester, I took a course called Research Methods of Molecular Biology in which we did a semester long research project involving genetic manipulation of yeast with the potential of having our results published. Although error caused us to run out of time, just the fact that we had the opportunity in class to study a gene that had never before been studied, with the potential of being published, was awesome. This summer I will experience another awesome opportunity, as I will remain on campus for a University Fellowship in which I will study how cholesterol affects the aggregation of proteins on cell membranes with Dr. Marano.