Dean's Award: Shannon Gill
Awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.
My name is Shannon Gill.
I am from Moscow, Idaho.
Why did you choose UI?
Both of my parents were teachers at the University of Idaho when I was growing up, so it was an easy choice for me!
The INBRE fellowship I did in Dr. Bitterwolf's chemistry lab; we worked on modeling molecular interactions in Alzheimer's disease.
Study early or procrastinate?
I hate to admit it, but I am a procrastinator.
I like having nachos or popcorn while I am studying. Although right before a test I like bananas and potato chips because my physiology teacher told me the sodium and potassium help with recalling information.
What UI memory makes you laugh the most?
The skeletons at the steam plant that they pose differently every week! As an anatomy fanatic I love the skeletons, and they always come up with the most creative poses to put them in.
Dorm or Greek?
I was a transfer student so I was able to live at home during my time at the University.
Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
I was a student representative on the Teaching and Advising Committee, and I also was a site leader several times for Saturday of Service and Make a Difference Day.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am moving to Indiana in July to start a PhD program in Anatomy Education. I hope to teach first year medical school anatomy someday.
What should incoming first-year students know?
The Writing Center is awesome! They have helped me so much during my time. They are really friendly, very helpful, and will give assistance on about any type of writing you need. Also don't take anatomy as a freshman; it may be a 100 level class but it really should be taken after your first year in school.
What advice do you have for other students in your major?
Make sure you take the lab for quantitative analysis during the same semester you take the class. More than many other labs the information in class and lab overlaps. I had sold my textbook back before I took the lab, and there were a lot of times I wished I had kept it.