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Hope Willis

  • Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Major: Biomedical Informatics

Biography

Hometown: Evansville, Indiana

High school: Evansville North High School

Career goal: Bio data analyst or data scientist

About: I am from Evansville, Indiana. I was initially going to be a Biology major, but I had heard so many good things about SOIC when I visited the campus. I decided to change my major to Informatics, but when doing so I saw that there was a new program called Biomedical Informatics, and after doing a little research I was hooked!

I love the program I am in, though it is difficult. It is something that most people have never heard of before, so getting to explain the things that I am doing and what it entails and then see people’s reactions is great.

This semester I got the opportunity to work with the program director, Dr. Huanmei Wu, on a research opportunity about drug discovery. Never did I think as a sophomore in college I would be working on a research project with master’s and Ph.D. students. If I hadn’t chosen the program that I did, I don’t think I would have had these opportunities.