Quantcast

Academic all-star researching DNA in New Zealand - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Academic all-star researching DNA in New Zealand

Posted: Updated:
SAU student Michelle Beavers researches DNA in New Zealand SAU student Michelle Beavers researches DNA in New Zealand
Beavers is a Chemistry Pre-Health and Biology Pre-Health double major with a 4.00 GPA. Beavers is a Chemistry Pre-Health and Biology Pre-Health double major with a 4.00 GPA.
Beavers is a cross country athlete who finished 17th overall at the Great American Conference Championships. Beavers is a cross country athlete who finished 17th overall at the Great American Conference Championships.

MAGNOLIA - Academically-acclaimed Southern Arkansas University athlete Michelle Beavers competes in cross country, but she is across the globe this summer doing molecular biology research in New Zealand.

Beavers is a Chemistry Pre-Health and Biology Pre-Health double major with a 4.00 G.P.A. She was recently inducted into the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Second-Team.

But she had no time to slow down to celebrate the news as she is working with researchers at Kenepuru Science Center in New Zealand as a part of GlobaLinks Study Abroad. She is helping study methylation of DNA from adipose tissue in diabetic patients before and after gastric bypass surgery. The research group hopes to find a link between weight loss and the methylation of DNA.

Beavers, who was previously named to the Capital One Academic All-District® Seven First-Team, is one of three women All-America selections from the Great American Conference this year. She is the 10th overall student-athlete and first women's cross-country runner from SAU to receive the prestigious national academic award.

As a cross country runner this past fall, Beavers finished 17th overall with a season-best time of 19:30 at the Great American Conference Championships, making her an All-GAC Second-Team runner.

Beavers admitted it is not easy being an athlete and a science double major.

"During meets, I am doing homework the whole ride up and back down. My trick is doing as much work as possible during the weekends to make the week a little easier. Dedication and commitment is key," said Beavers. "Sometimes I skip out on get-togethers, but it's ok because I know that I'm at school for academics first."

Even though academics is most important to her, it was cross-country that initially enticed Beavers to look into SAU from her hometown of Metairie, La. She did her homework before officially accepting her academic and athletic scholarships.

"I made phone calls to the SAU Science Center to ask about 100 questions to make sure I was going to be well prepared for the MCAT. Cross-country got me to visit and helped me pay for school, but honestly, the Science Center was the reason I decided to attend SAU," said Beavers.

SAU pre-health and pre-professional majors like Beavers enjoy customized advising to ensure each is prepared for his or her professional or medical school of choice. They also enjoy working hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment in the $17.2 million Science Center, which opened in 2010.

Beavers completed molecular biology research in the Science Center as well as psychology research as a part of the SAU Honors College to help earn her spot to study abroad this summer. She has also completed more than 200 volunteer hours in the hospital settings to prepare her for her future career as an oncologist. She chose to dedicate her career to helping cancer patients because of the inspiration they provide.

"I think people complain a lot over little things, like coffee not being made right or something like that. However, people in the oncology department have every right to complain, going through treatment and all, but they don't complain. Even though some of them cannot even leave their rooms, they are just happy. They really treasure life, and I think I can learn so much from my patients while I'm with them every step of their treatment," said Beavers.

To find out more about the SAU College of Science and Engineering, visit www.SAUmag.edu/Science

  • National SportsMore>>

  • Kirk wins Deutsche Bank, gets into Ryder Cup talk

    Kirk wins Deutsche Bank, gets into Ryder Cup talk

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:51:49 GMT
    Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. He already has plans to be at the Tennessee-Georgia football game during the matches in Scotland. He...
    Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. He already has plans to be at the Tennessee-Georgia football game during the matches in Scotland. He doesn't...
  • Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

    Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:41:57 GMT
    In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness - the passing of the sweat-soaked towel.
    In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness - the passing of the sweat-soaked towel.
  • Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

    Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:41:54 GMT
    The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.
    The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.
Section is sponsored by:
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Texas loses Ash for this week, maybe longer

    Texas loses Ash for this week, maybe longer

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:32:37 GMT
    Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, was injured again and will miss this week's game against BYU. 
    Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, was injured again and will miss this week's game against BYU. 
  • Former LSU star now with Cowboys; Sheridan sees tough season

    Former LSU star now with Cowboys; Sheridan sees tough season

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:20:37 GMT
    Dallas knows it will need a great effort from everyone on the defensive side when the Cowboys host the 49ers on Sunday just to give Tony Romo and the offense a shot to make it a game. 
    Dallas knows it will need a great effort from everyone on the defensive side when the Cowboys host the 49ers on Sunday just to give Tony Romo and the offense a shot to make it a game. 
  • Ruff competition at Louisiana Downs

    Ruff competition at Louisiana Downs

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:01:44 GMT
    For a second year in a row, Ollie was the top dog at the annual Wiener Dog Races at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
    For a second year in a row, Ollie was the top dog at the annual Wiener Dog Races at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File