“Traveling to Romania with the Honors College for a medical shadowing experience was such a unique opportunity and inspired me to seriously pursue a career in medicine.” Elizabeth Moore is a premedical student, majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in physical education. Her plans are to pursue a MD/PhD after graduation, but basketball will also be a passion, hence, the PE minor.
Moore has found other enriching experiences through undergraduate research with Dr. Melissa Moss, whose labs centers on Alzheimer’s disease. Moore is also as a member of Omega Phi Alpha service sorority, participates with UofSC’s annual Dance Marathon, and serves her peers as a Supplemental Instruction Leader. “These activities have really enriched my experience, not only giving me a productive way to spend my time, but allowing me to realize that college is just as much about what you learn inside the classroom as it is about what you learn about yourself outside the classroom.”
To me, being a scholar means taking full advantage of your time and resources given to you to build upon your experiences and push yourself to grow. It's becoming an active member of the community and making your mark, whatever that may mean. I think that is one really cool thing about our scholars program, is that we all bring different passions and interests to the table. That allows us all to make our mark in unique ways.
Because of her efforts both inside and outside the class, Moore was named a Truman Scholar Finalist, as well as a Goldwater Honorable mention. These two recognitions would not be possible with the help of great mentors.
“For me, current students have served as some of the best mentors,” Moore said, “in addition to faculty and staff. Professors and other faculty and staff have been great at career advice and big picture things, and the current students helped me get involved and find my niche. Older students have been great at helping me navigate college and application processes, since many of them just went through many of the same processes.”
What does she love about the University? “USC is the only place I know where I can learn about engineering, physical education, the harmonica, and Star Wars all in the same day. A Gamecock education has #NoLimits.”