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Besides my love of science, I am an avid runner, hiker, and outdoor enthusiast.

Linfield College: I ran track and cross country for 11 years (middle school - college) and was ranked 25th in the Nation (D-3 NCAA) in the 400m Low Hurdles. After graduating from college, I started the transition from sprinting to long distance running. Now I am training for the Knoxville 1/2 Marathon in April.

During my senior year at Linfield, I studied abroad in Queensland, Australia. Talk about an amazingly dangerous (everything in Australia is deadly) and unforgettable experience.

Graduate School: Now that science is my life, I have taken up painting and other various arts and crafts. I have also started to get into climbing and kayaking.