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There's More to Egypt than Pyramids and Camels

July 12, 2017

Category: Academics, Alumni, Biology


auwarter1.jpgEmily Auwarter '16 knows all about that. Auwarter is pursuing a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University's School of Public Health. She credits Dr. Steve Coggin for helping her discover her passion in a class about the history and future of infectious diseases.

Auwarter says, "I felt this course ... prepared me well for graduate school given the strenuous work load and interactive classes that incorporated discussion and feedback."

This summer, Auwarter is spending three months in Egypt. She was awarded a research fellowship for the Cancer Epidemiology Education Special Populations (CEESP) program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  In Cairo, Auwarter is collecting data to supplement her research that has already taken place at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

"I will be observing long term outcomes of children treated with radiotherapy compared to other standard forms of treatment such as chemotherapy and neurosurgery.  The main objective is to compare the incidence of outcomes between a high-income country hospital and a low middle-income country hospital."

Auwarter thanks Catawba and her professors in the Science Department for the success she has found in graduate school.

"My integrative education at Catawba through the science department was undeniably the sole reason I am where I am today. The faculty and staff of the science department are excellent mentors both in and out of the classroom."

Auwarter's hard work is an example of how Catawba helps students to pursue their passion and succeed.  As Auwarter puts it, "Through education at Catawba and experience in the neighboring towns, your future will be endless with the wealth of knowledge and experience you will accrue over the four years."

Images of the children's hospital and artwork by the children:

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