Rebecca Woodke

Alexi Callaway 
Flushing, Michigan

Biomedical Sciences major

Hometown: Flushing, Michigan

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Special honor: Truman Scholar nominee

Career goal: Professor/researcher of public health

Study abroad: Mexico and Belize

Senior Honors Project: “Fitness in the Beach Sand Environment: Assessment of Freshwater Beach Sand Versus Human Intestinal Escherichia coli Isolates”

Other research: “Gull Exclusion Project at Public Beaches in Michigan” and “Adolescent Depression and Early Adult Self-Rated Health”

Service passion: Alleviating racial and socioeconomic health disparities, both domestically and globally 

Other CMU involvement: Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, free health clinic volunteer and Alternative Breaks in South Bend, Indiana (hunger and homelessness), Johnson City, Tennessee (rural poverty) and Atlanta, Georgia (refugee resettlement)

Favorite Honors memory: “Working with Dr. Alm on the gulf exclusion study introduced me to the worth of research early in my undergraduate career.”

Value of CMU Honors Program: “The connections you make to faculty members through being a CMU Honors student and engaging in a Senior Capstone Project provide great resources and wonderful opportunities for graduate work.”