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Alex Atwood

Name: Alex Atwood
College: Artis College of Science and Technology
Majors: Biology and Chemistry
Clubs/Activities: Pre-Medical Association President; Chemistry Club Treasurer; ßßß National Biological Honors Society Treasurer
Hometown: Front Royal, Virginia

Why Radford? 
Radford University’s small class sizes allow students to build strong relationships with faculty members and expand their knowledge through in-class and out-of-class activities, and most importantly, through independent research. Such research has exposed me to a diverse range of topics and has enabled me to think more critically in all situations.

What is your favorite Radford University memory?
Traveling to the Peruvian Amazon to conduct research as part of the Radford Amazonian Research Expedition (RARE) group. This study-abroad trip opened my eyes to another part of the world and enabled me to see a region that was geographically and culturally unlike anything I had experienced. There, I learned the difficulties of field research and developed critical problem-solving skills that will continue to benefit me throughout my career. My research project was a success, and I presented my findings at a national conference in New Orleans.

Who is your favorite professor?
I cannot choose just one favorite professor because I have connected with many professors throughout my time at Radford University, and each professor has helped me in a unique way. The instructors that have left the greatest impact on me through classroom lectures, research opportunities and even life experiences are Kimberly Lane, Jason Davis, Christopher Monceaux and Sara O’Brien. Each of these professors takes a personal interest in their students and goes out of their way to ensure our success.

How have you financed your education?
In addition to some financial assistance from my parents, I have worked as a tutor at the Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) to help cover the cost of my education. It can be very challenging to balance a job and the demands of school, so I was thrilled to receive several scholarships that have lightened the financial burden. Although I still work at the LARC, scholarship support gives me more freedom to focus on my studies instead of stressing about paying for tuition, books or living expenses.

How has donor support helped you as a student?
Not only has donor support allowed me to dedicate more time toward academics, it has allowed me to travel to Peru to conduct research and to present my research at several conferences. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences have been instrumental in my academic growth and success, and none of it would have been possible without donor support.

Do you have a message for donors and prospective donors?
I want to thank all current and future donors for their support. Without you, students would not be able to experience the opportunities that are necessary for intellectual growth. My experiences and those of others have been greatly enhanced by the generosity of donors, and your gifts have taught me firsthand the importance of giving back to the Highlander family.