Hometown: Willimantic, Conn.
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Internships: Two summer research internships: one at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., and one at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Activities: Women's Soccer Team, Newman Club, work as a lab assistant in the Science Building and as a supplementary instructor for general chemistry classes, coach gymnastics at a studio in Willimantic, Conn.
Honors and Awards: Dean's List, highest GPA award in Fairfield Hall freshman year and for Centennial Hall sophomore year, Most Outstanding Student in General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Most Outstanding Female Student in Biochemistry, member of the Little East Conference Honor Roll junior and senior years, First All-Little East Team, 4th All-New England Team, NSCAA/Adidas Academic All-East team senior year
Shannon Cawley left the eastern side of Connecticut and headed southwest to Danbury in order to attend WestConn. "It was a combination of the great chemistry program, including the new Science Building, and the women's soccer program," she says. "The combination was the perfect fit."
Cawley says she chose her major because "I knew that I enjoyed science and I wanted a major that would challenge me." Along the way, she found a mentor in Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paula Secondo.
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Cawley says, "Going to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament in my junior year on the soccer team.”
After graduation, Cawley wants to go to graduate school "in order to obtain my Ph.D. in a biomedical science area."
Cawley’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "The professors at WCSU really care about your education so if there is a class you are struggling with, make sure you use their office hours because they are there to help you.”