Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Welcome, Class of 2019!

In a time-honored tradition, incoming students gather for the lighting of candles around the Dimple during the opening weekend of the academic year.

In a time-honored tradition, incoming students gather for the lighting of candles around the Dimple during the opening weekend of the academic year.

This academic year, Wheaton welcomed 437 first-year students in the Class of 2019. Even before arriving, these remarkable students were well on their way to doing amazing things. The class includes a Junior Olympics qualifying fencer, a ski instructor and mountain rescuer, a competitive fiddler, a Carnegie Hall performing pianist, an Italian opera singer and an Arabic translator, just to name a few. Here is a glimpse of the class by the numbers:

Class of 2019Nicki Pardo photo

 

Senior prepares for career in neuroscience

Robyn DâAgostino ’16Robyn D’Agostino’s decision to major in neuroscience in college began taking shape before she even began preschool—although she had no idea at the time.

“When I was 4, my great-grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “As I matured, I watched her progress through the stages. She is now late-stage, and 95 years old. I can remember where I was when I was told of her diagnosis, and from that moment on I have been passionate about the brain. I love learning about it, and it is what I ultimately wish to study.”

This past summer, the student-athlete spent several weeks enhancing her knowledge and exploring her interest as an intern at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and by working as a lab assistant at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

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Sociology major helps HIV/AIDS survivors in Africa

Hannah Dalglish ’16

Hannah Dalglish ’16 takes a break.

When Hannah Dalglish ’16 was considering summer internships, her sociology professors encouraged her to seek an experience abroad. She took the advice to heart.

Not only did she create her own opportunity at an organization that helps HIV and AIDS survivors in Cape Town, South Africa, but she also confirmed her postgraduate aspiration.

“I wanted to get out of my comfort zone at home,” said Dalglish, a Barrington, R.I., resident. “My advisors, professors Hyun Sook Kim and Karen McCormack, encouraged me to find an internship abroad. They truly were the first push that I received to begin looking abroad.”

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Cancer research in China

Raymond Zhang ’17 shadows physicians

Raymond Zhang ’17 conducts research during a summer internship in China.

Raymond Zhang ’17 conducts research during a summer internship in China.

Raymond Zhang ’17, who seeks to better understand cancer, in summer 2015 joined the global effort to find a cure.

As an awardee of a Wheaton Davis International Fellowship, he traveled to China to conduct research on the molecular mechanisms of cancer and shadow physicians at Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) in Beijing.

Zhang, a biochemistry major, has significant research experience under his belt. In 2014, he served as a Carolina Summer Fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he tested the efficacy of preclinical chemotherapy drugs, among other projects.

As a Wheaton student, he works in Visiting Professor of Chemistry Hilary Gaudet’s lab. He helped conduct experiments showing that methylmercury treatment (in small quantities) promotes breast cancer cell proliferation.

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