I grew up with a fierce love of science that’s only grown stronger, which is why it is my goal to attain an MD/PhD to study and practice medicine in the neurosciences. I love to draw, with subjects ranging from birds to diagrams. I’m excited to see what lies ahead!
Hello, my name is Joy Becher, and I am originally from Nordheim (Heilbronn) in Germany, but I have lived in Tuscaloosa, AL since I was 12 years old. I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Chemistry and Psychology, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Medicine. During my years of education, I have had the opportunity to engage in coursework related to drug design, medicinal chemistry, and drug discovery from natural matrices, which shifted my original plans of becoming a doctor to pursuing a degree in drug discovery and design. I hold a special interest in medicinal herbs, psychoactive pharmaceuticals, and their application to the nervous and endocannabinoid system for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders and am also interested in molecular design for cancer treatments. Through undergraduate research in Dr. Snowden’s organic synthesis/medicinal chemistry lab, I gained practical skills in the design and synthesis of cancer drugs (PROTACs). I plan on attending graduate school for a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences to further study my interests.
Outside of the academic field, I am also highly dedicated to ballroom dance sport. While having danced my entire life, I started ballroom dancing when I entered college by joining the UA Ballroom Competition Team. During my senior year, I am honored to be serving as vice president to the team and am the assistant coach for the advanced level members. My dance partner and I have competed at numerous collegiate events, as well as nationally qualifying events in levels newcomer through open in American 9-dance.
My name is Austin Bowling, and I am from Arley, Alabama. I enjoy hunting, baseball, video games, and MMA. I am hoping to get my medical degree from the University of Alabama and becoming a forensic pathologist. I am the valedictorian of Meek High School and acquired my associate’s degree from Wallace State Community College. I hope to have a great time in the McCollough program and am super grateful for being accepted.
Hello, my name is Kaitlyn Clamp. I am from Nashville, Tennessee and attended Franklin High School. I have wanted to be a doctor since as long as I can remember. Every time I went to the doctor as a child I was in awe by how much they help those around them and I knew that I wanted to grow up to do the same thing. As a result, my top priority when looking at colleges was to find a program that would nurture and specialize in teaching medical students. When I heard about the McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars I immediately went to tour Alabama and fell in love with everything about it. I truly believe this program will greatly help me in my quest to getting into medical school. Other than school, I spend most of my time playing soccer. I have played soccer since I was three years old and have truly loved every moment of it. I have made a second family through soccer and am so grateful for all the life lessons and values I have learned throughout these years. My coaches have played such a big influence in my life over the years which made me realize how big of an influence adults can make in a child’s life. As a result of this, I decided to be a camp counselor this summer and have been trying to inspire kids and help them to find a creative outlet that works for them. My favorite thing about working with children is the moment they first realize they can trust you and decide to open up to you.
My name is Kate Craft, and I graduated from Houston High School in Germantown, TN as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Finalist, in addition to finishing in the top 5% of my graduating class. During high school, I was the Rho Kappa vice president, the National Honor Society treasurer, a German Club officer, a National German Honor Society member, and a Beta Club member. I was a competitive swimmer for 9 years. I swam on the Memphis Thunder Swim Team and the Houston High School Swim Team, where I was a captain. I work at Smallcakes Cupcake Shop, and I have volunteered at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at St. Francis Hospital. I am looking forward to my first year at the University of Alabama.
My name is Ryan David and I’m Chemical Engineering Major on the Pre-Med track from New Market, Alabama. I’m a sports fanatic meaning I’m an avid soccer and beach volleyball player, and I’m also a major cat person. After finishing my undergraduate degree I plan on getting my graduate degree through the STEM Path to the MBA program and eventually plan to get involved in sports medicine.
My name is Ashlyn Dull, and I am from Rockton, Illinois. I am planning on majoring in biology with the hope of going to Medical School after I graduate. Through high school, I was on the swim team for both the school and the club team, partially because I’m very uncoordinated, but also because I feel most comfortable in the water. I love watching Netflix in my free time, along with hanging out with my friends. I am a very talkative person, but at first, I can be a bit shy. I plan on joining several student organizations, but I will have to explore them more when I get on campus. Roll Tide!!
My name is Spencer Elizabeth Favor. I love to read, learn, do calligraphy, spend time with my family, and watch Netflix. I am majoring in Biology and History and minoring in Spanish. My favorite thing to do is community service, and that is one of my main focuses in college. I am a mentor for elementary-aged students through the Al’s Pals program and I am actively involved in The University of Alabama’s Center for Service and Leadership. After graduating, I plan on attending medical school to become a pediatric surgeon.
My name is Juliana Fraundorf, and I am from Atlanta, GA. I graduated from Marist School, having attended from seventh through twelfth grade. I soaked up every second of my time at Marist and enjoyed participating in absolutely everything I could. I was never quite an athlete, but I had fun trying all kinds of sports from lacrosse to soccer to even pole vault. However, I spent most of my time at Marist on the varsity basketball and football cheer squads. Cheerleading was the highlight of my time at Marist, and I even got to enjoy being captain of the varsity basketball squad my senior year. As for academics, I took many AP classes, but my favorite classes were always science-based. AP Biology was a difficult but rewarding experience and has earned the title of my favorite high school class next to Anatomy, Physiology, Forensics, and Marine Biology. All of this led me to the conclusion that a career in the science field would be my best fit. I have always known that medicine is the professional field for me, and this led me to the McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars. I am so excited to continue my education at the University of Alabama, and I am even more excited to foster my love of medicine through this program.
I grew up in the small town of Perry, Georgia where I was named Perry High’s 2019 Valedictorian and a Georgia Scholar. I love to travel and have recently visited visit Rome, Dublin, and London. I also love going to concerts. I have seen the 1975, Harry Styles, Fall Out Boy, and Troye Sivan, to name a few. I recently changed my major to Chemistry and am working on getting involved in biochemical research at UA. I attend mass at St. Francis Parish and am very involved with Bama Catholic. I accepted an offer in the mellophone section of the Million Dollar Band and love cheering on the tide every weekend. I am auditioning for concert band on French horn next semester as well. I am also a part of AED, the pre-med honor society. Roll Tide!
My name’s Tommy Haigood. I’m from the small town of Ranburne, Alabama. I graduated from the Alabama School of Math and Science and I’m excited to continue my studies here at the University of Alabama. I am majoring in microbiology and Spanish and minoring in mathematics. After completing my undergraduate studies, I plan to pursue an MD-PhD with the goal of becoming an infectious disease doctor or a medical researcher in the fields of virology, epidemiology, or vaccinology.
I’m Cross Hogland, and I am from Vestavia Hills, near Birmingham, Alabama. I’m the third generation of my family to attend the University of Alabama, and I’m very excited to start this next chapter of my life. I was a member of the robotics team during middle school and high school and was a team captain for five of those years. I also enjoy traveling with friends and family.
I am Sidd Mupparaju from Reading, Pennsylvania. I play water polo and tennis. I’m a biology major with an Italian minor hoping to become a neurosurgeon one day and help people. Roll Tide!
I am from Charleston, WV, and graduated with highest honors from George Washington High School. Throughout high school, I volunteered at local hospitals and my church, sang in a women’s choir, participated in several clubs, and worked a part-time job at Justice. In my free time, I enjoy reading all kinds of books, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. A fun fact about me is that I am a triplet, and I love anything chocolate. My goal is to go to medical school and become a surgeon.
I’m Tyler Parisi, from Elmhurst, Illinois. I played football and tennis in high school. I am a big fan of the Bears and Cubs, and I hope to have a career in the field of medicine.
I grew up in both southern California and South Carolina. In South Carolina, I attended a STEM residential high school where I was able to take unique science classes, participate in biomedical engineering research at Clemson, and present my research at the 2018 BMES conference. I came to UA as a National Merit Finalist and a Watson-Brown Scholar, and am a biology major with minors in Spanish and IDMD. During my time here, I’ve been involved in many activities–I’ve worked as a research assistant in both Dr. Horan’s Collaborative Care lab and Dr. Early’s animal behavior lab, have been a peer health intern with Project Health, and have worked as a volunteer at Central High School with their ESL tutoring program. I’ve been a mentor and event planner for the pre-medical scholars program during most of my time at UA, and currently serve in a more official capacity on our Leadership Board. I’ve loved being involved with the program during my time here and am very excited to see what the future holds for me!
I graduated from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, AL. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and other sports as well as hanging out with friends. I plan to study Biology on the pre-med track with a minor in business management.
My name is Jack Strubel, and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am currently pursuing a major in Philosophy with a concentration in Philosophy and Medicine, and minoring in Biology, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Medicine. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing sports, reading and traveling. At The University of Alabama, I am a research assistant in the Social Cognitive Emotional Neuroscience Research Lab with Dr. Philip Gable, the co-founder and President of the UA Chess Club, and a volunteer at DCH Regional Hospital. I am also involved in AED, Helping Hands in Healthcare, and am a member of the Alabama Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. I cannot wait to continue the journey toward medical school. Roll Tide!
My name is Jessica Tabary and I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. In high school, I played violin for the number one high school full orchestra in the State of Texas and graduated in the top 2% of my class of 950. I was a member of numerous clubs and organizations including National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies National Honor Society, Key Club, Psychology Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. Here at Alabama, I am a member of the Alpha Delta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, involved in AED, the Pre-Health Honor Society, in the Emerging Scholars Program, and a member of Be Positive, an organization dedicated to raising money to fund the cure for childhood cancer. I am double majoring in Chemistry and Psychology, as well as double minoring in Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Studies in Medicine. After medical school, I aim to become a neurosurgeon and research neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimers.
I am from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from White Station High School where I was a member of the National Honor Society, on the tennis team, debate team and participated in the Best Buddies mentoring program. I am an Eagle Scout and volunteer at a local community center tutoring and playing with inner-city children. I enjoy reading, playing sports, riding my bicycle, fishing, hunting, and a variety of other outdoor activities. I plan to participate in related types of activities and programs during my time at Alabama.
I am 18 years old and from Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated from White Station High School, where I was a part of the tennis team, debate team, and the organizations Best Buddies and FCA. I am in the National Honor Society, and I am an Eagle Scout. I am outgoing, and I love meeting new people. I enjoy the outdoors and going biking, fishing, and hiking.
Hi, my name is Alex Turner, and I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I ran cross country and track in high school, and I wish to remain active in college. I am majoring in chemistry with a neuroscience minor, and I wish to participate in Model UN and find outlets to volunteer in the community.
Hi, my name is Jacques Vanzyl. I’m a biology major from Colorado Springs, Colorado. My parents are from South Africa, but I was born in the US and have lived in Colorado my whole life. I played varsity hockey for all four years of high school at Fountain Valley School, but I am now on the University of Alabama Men’s Rowing Team! I’m currently interested in becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and hopefully getting the opportunity to be affiliated with a professional sports team as a team physician. Sports have always played a large role in my life and I’d love to combine my passion for sports with my passion for medicine in the future!
Hi! I’m Dominic Williams and am from Saint Louis, MO. I played soccer and ultimate frisbee in high school but enjoy anything active. I’m super excited to experience the wonder that is Bama Football. I also enjoy volunteering in the community and helping others, especially children. I plan on majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish, and hopefully becoming a Pediatrician later on. I’m super excited to get down to T-Town and get started! Roll Tide!