RWU’s small campus and tight knit community won Caitlin over, and she found her new four-year home. Already involved in student/faculty research with Associate Professor Kerri Warren and a member of Tri Beta, the national biology honor society, and the student senate, Caitlin joined FIMRC (The Foundation for Medical Relief of Children) in her senior year. One thing led to another, and Caitlin found herself in a FIMRC clinic in El Salvador for a week during spring break. She and the four other members of the RWU FIMRC chapter traveled to a remote village to help with Dengue Fever prevention efforts. They tested water in the village, met and bonded with the locals and put in 35 hours of hard work. Of course, they also played with the children in the village, hiked up a volcano and swam in a waterfall, so it wasn’t ALL hard work, but a life-changing experience nevertheless.
“One of the things I loved most about RWU is that there were no grad students in the sciences, so our professors were supported by undergraduate researchers. I was involved in the entire research process, from writing the grant to the final presentation and everything in between—it’s real world experience.”