North Central College - Naperville, IL

Emily Albright

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Biochemistry major

Emily Albright made a major discovery early in her college career. She found that she loved laboratory research and she began spending every spare hour and her summer vacations researching yeast cell genetics and protein repair in bacteria and its relationship to aging.

Her hard work and the close mentoring of North Central College science faculty paid big dividends. While an undergraduate, Albright was named a Goldwater Scholar, the highest national undergraduate award for achievement in the natural sciences. Then she landed a prestigious summer research position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She went on to earn a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which she’s using for a doctoral program in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin, after turning down both Princeton and Harvard.