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Emily Bay, '14

Emily Bay, '14Emily Bay, ’14, a chemistry major from Cumberland, Ohio, has spent her summer interning at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she has been doing clinical research in neonatology.

“As a Summer Pediatric Research Intern, I worked under two attending neonatologists,” she explains, one of whom is the Director of Neonatology. “I am doing a retrospective review for [some of their previous] research (on past patients) but am working with the entire NICU in the daily running as well, mainly shadowing.”

Emily first heard about the internship from Jackie Vascura in Career Services. “Jackie has been wonderful, critiquing everything from applications to cover letters,” Emily says.

Emily puts her chemistry coursework to good use on campus as a tutor in the Student Success Center, a Chemistry Lab Mentor for freshmen classes and president of the American Chemistry Society. She is also secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa, an academic honorary, and a member of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. She ran cross country for her first three years as a student.

Emily plans to continue her education with graduate study after leaving Muskingum, although she isn’t sure exactly how that will look. “The research experiences I have had at Muskingum… lead me to believe that a career in research is definitely a possibility. Our advanced lab class simulated what research in the ‘real world’ is like and being exposed to those types of situations has influenced what I think I want to do with my life,” she states.

When asked what part of her Muskingum education she is most thankful for, Emily responded: “The chemistry department faculty is incredibly demanding in their expectations of the quality of work I turn in. Through struggling and being forced to work harder than I ever have before, I think it has made me a better student and shown me that I can handle more than I ever felt possible.”