Sami Kennedy '15 is a biochemistry and molecular biology major and
medical humanities minor from Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Her first research Odyssey at the
Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey was inspired by her personal
experience with a chronic illness she was diagnosed with at age 14.
continued to pursue research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, studying a protein associated with intestinal inflammation in ulcerative
colitis and Crohn’s.
seeing the colonic inflammation and ulceration in the mice I biopsied was a
stark reminder of the critical importance of this research,” says Kennedy, who
also volunteered at a summer camp for young people with ulcerative colitis and
Crohn’s and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
founded diseaseonmysleeve.org, an online resource for teens and young adults
with chronic illnesses, and wrote about chronic illnesses for a Hendrix-Murphy
Foundation writing project.
We pioneered engaged liberal arts and sciences education through the creation
of Your Hendrix Odyssey. Every Hendrix student completes at least three
hands-on learning experiences selected from six categories:
Your life's Odyssey starts here.