COSAM News Articles 2020 May Auburn Senior to Use COSAM Degree to Study Infectious Diseases

Auburn Senior to Use COSAM Degree to Study Infectious Diseases

Published: 05/05/2020

By: Carla Nelson

Auburn University senior Megan Nordberg always desired to have a career in the science sector. She will soon use her degree in clinical laboratory sciences through the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) to pursue a career as an infectious disease preventionist.

“While taking COSAM classes, I developed an interest in infectious diseases,” Megan shared. “Specifically, how they manifest and spread.”

Originally from Robertsdale, Ala., Megan said when she toured Auburn’s campus as a high school student it felt like home.

“Everyone I met was receptive and friendly and I could easily envision myself belonging to such a welcoming community,” Megan said. “Auburn has been even better than I could have imagined!”

During her time at Auburn, Megan has been a member of the Symphonic Winds, a brother of the co-ed service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, a member of Lambda Tau, and a member of the Microbiology Club. She was also a member of the Auburn University Marching Band for four years.

“It has been such a rewarding experience to be a member of a group that is so integral to the gameday experience at Auburn,” she said.

Megan was awarded the Spirit of Auburn Founder’s Scholarship and the Wampold Endowed Scholarship. She was also given the “Outstanding Sophomore in Laboratory Science” award and has been on the Dean’s List most semesters. Beginning in the fall, she will be attending grad school at the University of Alabama Birmingham to earn a Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology.

She said COSAM has provided her with an invaluable education from amazing teachers and has allowed her to make great friends.

“My teachers have encouraged me in both my educational and personal goals and I think that’s a really special type of support,” Megan said, adding that her time as a COSAM student has taught her how to work hard to achieve her goals. “Many of the COSAM classes I have taken have been difficult and required a lot of effort, but persevering through these hard classes has made me a better student and learner than I would be without them.”


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