Athena Tran is the first student to receive the George M. Malacinski Biology Scholarship. She is earning a B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry.
Athena is an undergraduate research assistant and was an REU intern over the summer in Distinguished Professor Michael Lynch’s lab. Her current research project involves designing stable minimum promotor constructs from Calmodulin upstream sequences in Paramecium tetraurelia.
Athena enrolled in Dr. Amy Berndtson’s class, L112 Biological Mechanisms, earning top marks. Once Athena completed this course, Dr. Berndtson asked her to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the class. She ran a weekly discussion group designed to review the course material through inquiry-based class activities, helped coordinate in-class assessments, held extra office hours, and graded quizzes and exams.
Athena has been on the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s List every semester. She has received numerous awards, including the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarship, an IU Founders Scholarship, a Hutton Honors College Scholarship, and the Provost’s Scholarship. In addition to her academic pursuits, Athena is active with the Global Medical Brigade and Public Health Brigade; March of Dimes: Indiana University Collegiate Council; and Alpha Chi Sigma, the Chemistry Honors Fraternity.
Athena plans to attend medical school and become a physician.