Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Samantha Farrell

My summer work: My internship is at the Center of Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT). CIMIT is a consortium of Boston’s teaching hospitals, such as Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s Hospital, and engineering schools, such as Harvard, MIT and Boston University. The center seeks to improve health care through the interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers and clinicians.

My contribution: My internship at CIMIT has exposed me to many aspects of health care from global health to drug delivery. I have assisted in the process of writing a grant for $2 million for a neonatal incubator. My research on novel methods of drug delivery was used in an informational overview on CIMIT’s web site, as well as in the brochures handed out during an education series on emerging clinical and technical approaches to health care.

My involvement on campus: I am a member of Wheaton’s varsity swimming & diving team. I work as a lab technician at Wheaton’s Imaging Center for Undergraduate Collaboration, where I assist with the use of laboratory equipment such as microscopes and imaging software. Also I am vice president of Wheaton’s chapter of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society.

Balancing it all: I have to manage my time very well. I love the courses I have taken, as well as exercising and competing, so balancing these activities has not been a problem for me since I am always doing something I am passionate about.  The support and guidance from all my professors, coaches, teammates and friends have been instrumental to my success as a student-athlete.