Emily McAlpin, a nanomedicine major, applied for a spot in the Integrated Health Sciences and Research Program after watching family members battle cancer and cardiovascular disease. She envisions a future in health and medicine.

Jamaria Jones, a medicinal chemistry major, was inspired to apply to the program as a step toward a career as medical laboratory scientist.

And Hunter Dyche, who is majoring in computational and systems neuroscience, is looking forward to combining hands-on research with analysis and writing. He hopes the experience will be a precursor to authoring a research article and becoming a professor. 

The three sophomores are part of a select group of 20 undergraduates who enrolled in a pilot program this fall in Integrated Health Sciences and Research (IHSR). They were chosen from among more than 70 applicants, primarily from the College of Science.