May 17, 2012—Grace Muganda of Bolingbrook was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Biochemistry Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Muganda is a senior double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science with minors in mathematics and bioinformatics. She is the daughter of Godfrey and Lore Muganda, and was home-schooled. She plans to pursue graduate studies in the fall at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.
“Over the past five years I have been challenged and grown by my professors and advisers in ways that I would have never challenged myself,” Muganda says. “My experiences in and out of the classroom while at North Central have given me the confidence and perseverance to pursue my dreams of becoming a physician for urban undeserved communities.”
As a student at North Central, Muganda was recognized for receiving an honorable mention in the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program. She was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Student in the Division of Science Award.
Muganda completed internships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, presented research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, served as president of Focus—a weekly student-led worship experience featuring music, scripture, prayer and reflection—and worked as a lab assistant for upper-level biology courses.
She is treasurer of the North Central College Gamma Nu Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a national biology honors society.