North Central College - Naperville, IL

Eugenia Rakhno

Eugenia Rakhno

The 2008 Outstanding Major in Physics wants to help treat cancer patients and she's on her way to achieving her dream. Eugenia Rakhno was selected as one of ten students in the country to enter the master's degree program in medical physics at Vanderbilt University.

"This is a goal I set," says Eugenia. "I've always wanted to pursue a career that mixes the sciences."

Eugenia came to the United States from Belarus in eastern Europe at age 14 and needed to work on her English skills. She came to North Central College with her sights set on entering a nuclear medicine program and designed her curriculum accordingly. In addition to rigorous academics, she enjoyed two Habitat for Humanity trips and studied abroad in China and Japan.

By the end of her second year of graduate school, she'll be immersed in a clinical practicum, designing treatment plans for different types of cancers. "Vanderbilt's program is known for giving you clinical experience," she adds.