Morrill Scholar. Student Researcher. Future biochemist. All thanks to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
A love for nature is what inspired Shelby Newsad (pictured on right) to major in biochemistry. “I’m a very curious person at heart who adores nature and the outdoors. I took organic chemistry my sophomore year and fell in love with the illumination of life it brings. Understanding the natural world has always been an interest of mine, but with biochemistry it has become my career,” said Shelby.
Fast forward to her enrollment at Ohio State. With the help of ODI’S Morrill Scholars Program, Shelby will be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a biochemist. The Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) offers scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service. “I feel so fortunate to be a Morrill Scholar. The Morrill Scholars Program has given me so much – tutoring, career development, and graduate school advising. These programs have been integral in my success at Ohio State.” With her major, Shelby has the opportunity to research many concepts pertaining to health. She is a part of Community Connections, a research committee in charge of facilitating communication about research within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. But this is not the only research committee she is a part of. Shelby will showcase her expertise on the national stage. She will be traveling to Brazil in August as a Young Scientist Fellowship Awardee for the National Collegiate Research Conference, where she created a research project on how DNA is repaired by the body. ODI, once again, assisted her by funding the trip. “I am so thankful that ODI provided funding to travel to the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard. This experience was better than I could have imagined, and I can’t wait to go back next year.”
Shelby, who graduates in the spring of 2016, plans to obtain her PhD in Biochemistry as well as a MBA with the goal of creating a research and development company. “I hope to make scientific advancements that will be able to help the lives of many,” she says.
Being involved with ODI has not only provided funding for her educational opportunities but has also helped her to gain life-long friends, connections, and a desire to give back through helping others. Her willingness to help others has inspired her to be the co-founder and co-director of Beginner’s Access to Education (BASE), which is an elementary science curriculum that seeks to bridge education disparities in inner-city Columbus schools through summer and after school programming.
Shelby has proven that you can reach your goals through persistence and diligence. “Do not be afraid of knocking on doors and applying for opportunities because the worst thing they can say is ‘no.’”
Written by ODI Advancement Intern Whitley N. Hawkins.