COSAM News Articles 2022 April Emma Peacock - 2022 Dean’s Medal (Biological Sciences)

Emma Peacock - 2022 Dean’s Medal (Biological Sciences)

Published: 04/04/2022

By: Leslie Leak

Emma Peacock will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbial Biology and a minor in Mathematics. She will also graduate with a University Honors Scholar distinction as a member of the Auburn University Honors College. She has been awarded several scholarships and honors, including the COSAM Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Junior awards, and has consistently been named to the Dean's List.

Over the past four years, Emma has been heavily involved in research. In 2019, she participated in the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA), performing research in Breann Brown's lab in the Department of Biochemistry. She returned to Vanderbilt University in the summer of 2021, focusing on structural biology research in Brandt Eichman's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences where she was selected to present a research talk at the VSSA Student Research Symposium.

While at Auburn, she has spent multiple semesters as a member of Courtney Leisner's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and was awarded a COSAM Undergraduate Research Fellowship to expand her research on genes within the iridoid biosynthetic pathway in blueberry.

On campus, Emma is a member of multiple honor societies and organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Honors Serves, and has volunteered at both the Salvation Army and Pine Hills Literacy Project. She has also served on several committees as an active member of a social sorority and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her friends and family.

Emma is grateful for the opportunities offered by COSAM, the friendships made, and the support system she has found at Auburn. 

After graduation, Emma will attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology.

 

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