Recent Grad One of 57 Nationally to Receive Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Lauren Moore photo

By ERIKA KHAIR

Student Writer, EKU Communications & Marketing     

Eastern Kentucky University graduate Lauren Moore is one of 57 – Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipients nationally, that is.

The Crestwood native, who maintained a 4.0 GPA to graduate as an Honors Scholar in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry, received $5,000.

“Her sparkling academic credentials are only part of what makes Ms. Moore a truly special candidate for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship,” said Dr. David Coleman, interim director of the EKU Honors Program. “What I find most striking about Lauren is a truly unique, seemingly boundless positive energy and zest for life that is evident in everything that she does. Her smile and encouraging attitude are infectious, and she brings to everyone around her a level of hard-working enthusiasm that I have rarely if ever seen in an undergraduate student. She is, in short, a charismatic and natural leader in the most positive way imaginable.”

The selection process for the Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of education perspective and career goals and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Moore was accepted to a number of medical schools and plans to attend the University of Louisville College of Medicine this fall.

“As a physician, I will contribute my skills and compassion to the overall synergy of patient care,” Moore said. “An education in medical school will give me the tools I need to serve as a cog in the greater wheel of medicine.

“One of my future goals is to be involved in research to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. I plan to devote significant time and effort to this area while working to improve the lives of patients firsthand. Curiosity is a flame that should always be fanned, and I plan to kindle my curiosity for the brain’s interworkings by specializing in neurology.”

As an undergraduate, Moore was sought out as a laboratory assistant and research collaborator on projects by Eastern faculty, Coleman said. Moore worked in Dr. Rebekah Waikel’s laboratory on a project investigating the cardioprotective effects of estrogen against Left Ventricular Cardiac Hypertrophy. She also conducted research with Dr. Tanea Reed, investigating moderate Traumatic Brain Injury and the biochemistry responsible for the long-term, secondary injury that occurs following trauma. Moore’s senior honors thesis was based on her research on the role of Connexin-43, a protein subunit in the brain, in moderate Traumatic Brain Injury.

Moore was one of three honors students selected as EKU’s inaugural delegates to the annual Global Citizenship Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, last summer. Following the conference, Moore participated in a six-week program studying photography and museum display in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to her academic work, Moore was active in a number of campus organizations. She was part of the Treblemakers, EKU’s female acapella group, serving as its musical director in her final semester at the University. She was a member of and events coordinator for EKU Healthcare Occupations Students of America (EKU HOSA) and the Caduceus Club for pre-professional students interested in health careers. Moore was also a member of the EKU International Students Association, EKU Fencing Club and Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society.

During her time with the Treblemakers, Moore helped organize a concert to raise money for Hope’s Wings, a local organization that supports domestic violence victims, and trips to sing at local nursing homes. She organized a Christmas event for EKU HOSA and the Caduceus Club to sing at a local nursing home as well. Moore also volunteered at the Madison County Democratic Headquarters.

In 2014, Moore was the University’s sole nominee for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

She is the fourth Eastern student to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, following Fotina Lefta in 2009, Alisa Pulver in 2011 and Mike Mazzotta in 2012. 

Published on June 29, 2015

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