NBC NEWS’ “TODAY” SHOW
As part of her internship with NBC News’ “TODAY” Show, Fadzai Mushayamunda, a humanities major and Bonner Scholar from Winston-Salem, N.C., got to sit in on a Zoom call with The Boss. As in Bruce Springsteen.
Mushayamunda also joined calls with Jennifer Lopez, actor James Michael Tyler (Gunther from “Friends”) and Brandon Flowers (lead singer and keyboardist for The Killers).
“Mainly I’m in charge of recording the interviews,” Mushayamunda says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Seven Wofford students interned with Oncocyte, a molecular diagnostics company, and made valuable contributions and an impression through their assistance in research involving large genomic datasets.
Wofford Trustee Ronnie Andrews ’81, Oncocyte’s president and CEO, has made it a priority to provide internships for Terriers since 2006. Usually, it’s two or three. This was his largest group of “T-Dawgs,” as he calls them around the office.
“If you can’t support students financially, supporting them with an internship is a way to prepare them for the world they’re entering,” Andrews says. “Give it a shot, and let one or two of these young men and women intern for the summer and give them a chance to impress you.”
Carrie Metts ’23, a mathematics and studio art double major from Charleston, S.C., interned in data analytics, and wrote in “R” code, an analytical bioinformatics program that supported a company researcher’s work with large genomic datasets, RNAs (molecules similar to DNA) that correlate to immune therapy resistance.
Catie Cronister ’20 was a recent Oncocyte intern, and she was offered a job after earning a master’s degree over the summer.
- Andrew Bowen ’22
a biology and Spanish major from Charlotte, N.C.
- Laura Futrell ’21
a recent graduate with degrees in economics and Spanish, from Denton, N.C.
- Shelton Laney ’21
a recent graduate from Greenville, S.C., who majored in biology
- Julia Maynard ’22
a biology major from Greenwood, S.C.
- Carrie Metts ’23
a mathematics and studio art double major from Charleston, S.C.
- Will Reed ’22
a finance major from Charlotte, N.C.
- Chandler Robinson ’22
a biology major from Mount Pleasant, S.C.
PRISMA HEALTH INTERNS
FIND YOUR FUTURE
Ten Wofford College students spent part of their summer gaining experience for future careers in medicine with South Carolina’s largest health system. Nine interned through Prisma Health’s MedEx Academy, and one was part of the Finding Your Future program.
Marisa Barrera ’22, Brendan McNeal ’22 and Jeff Woodward ’22 participated in Tier IV of Prisma Health’s Medical Experience Academy (MedEx) in Greenville, S.C., which is geared toward college students preparing for medical school.
“Having some familiar faces from Wofford helped me connect more with other people and showed me that when I return to campus, I know I have a support system I can count on,” Barrera says. “It was interesting getting to see people I’ve known for years grow over the seven weeks we spent in MedEx.”
Sophia Washburn ’22, a biology and psychology major from Lexington, S.C., spent four weeks in the Finding Your Future program in Columbia, S.C., and met Dr. Elizabeth Nodelman ’12 during an OB/GYN shadowing rotation.
“I think it opened my eyes to the future and what my life could potentially be like,” says Washburn of meeting someone who shared similar experiences with her. “She is a very successful and busy woman, so I really appreciated her taking time out of her schedule to answer my questions and to bond over our shared experience of Wofford and Theta. I also had the privilege of watching her perform multiple surgeries.”
Six Wofford students participated in Tiers II and III of MedEx Academy.
- Marisa Barrera ’22
a biology and Spanish major from Cowpens, S.C.
- Feng Chen ’23
a biology major from Spartanburg, S.C.
- John Harrington ’23
a biology major from Katy, Texas
- Brendan McNeal ’22
a biology major from Woodruff, S.C.
- Sammy Omar ’23
a biology and psychology major from Fountain Inn, S.C.
- Jack Stomberger ’22
a biology major from Danville, Ky.
- Isabella Wells ’23
a biology and religion major from Simpsonville, S.C.
- Brady Wolfe ’22
a biology and religion major from Chapin, S.C.
- Jeff Woodward ’22
a biology major from Simpsonville, S.C.
SPARTANBURG OPPORTUNITY CENTER
Dr. Youmi Efurd and Emma Humphries ’22 are delivering hope and comfort to local individuals who are homeless.
Efurd, Wofford’s curator, has designed art activities and programming for clients of the Spartanburg Opportunity Center, which provides individuals in the community who are homeless with food, showers, clothing, laundry services and access to additional resources. Humphries says the weekly art and mindfulness sessions are informal but important, serving as a self-care routine for the clients.
“That’s where my research comes in,” she says. “I’m looking at certain types of crafts and how they can aid with decision-making.”
Humphries is an art history and government double major from Gaffney, S.C.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Robert Lamprecht ’22 thought his summer internship would have him spending a lot of time building computer hardware and developing software.
He was wrong. And he’s OK with that.
Lamprecht, a computer science major with a concentration in neuroscience from Moncks Corner, S.C., was one of 16 students from across the country selected for summer research programs at the University of Florida. Lamprecht was part of a team researching treatments for spinal cord injuries. The research focused on respiratory issues associated with the injuries.
Maggie Royce ’22 never imagined that a Chick-fil-A gift card she received in 2020 would lead to more than a chicken sandwich and waffle fries. Royce won the gift card through a women’s ministry. Her mother suggested that Royce investigate internship opportunities with the company.
“I’d never really thought about it,” says Royce, an English major from Cary, N.C. “I started the interview process last August. It was an extensive process with five or six interviews.”
Royce was selected for an internship with Chick-fil-A’s enterprise innovation team, which is housed at the company’s support center in Atlanta, Ga.
THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
Carson Harrell ’24 spent the summer working with Dr. Ramin Radfar, professor of chemistry, attempting to isolate an enzyme that breaks down glucose in the body and generates energy. Slowing the breakdown could be useful in slowing the growth of cancer cells, which require a great deal of energy to grow.
One of the primary goals was introducing Harrell, a biology major from Columbia, S.C., to the fundamentals of the research process. He says he was happy he was able to be in a lab over the summer.
“I thought this would be a good opportunity to work in the science department with the professors,” says Harrell, who was one of 38 Wofford students participating in undergraduate research with 21 of the college’s faculty focused on 19 different projects.
Kenzie Syiem ’23 watched Netflix’s award-winning documentary “Short, Period. End of Sentence” and immediately felt moved to email students, faculty and staff at her high school in Virginia to stress the need for menstrual products in the school’s restrooms.
She again championed the cause shortly after arriving at Wofford College in 2019 and made requests to the Campus Union campaign Instagram account for Destiny Shippy ’22 last spring.
“Menstrual products should be freely available,” says Syiem, an English and Spanish major from Shillong, Meghalaya, India. “It’s as necessary as toilet paper.”
She and Shippy met and partnered with Sera Guerry ’22 and Woods Wooten ’23 to have conversations with the college’s administration. Six restrooms across campus received dispensers for menstrual products over the summer.
- Woods Wooten ’23
a government major from Lexington, S.C.
- Destiny Shippy ’22
a sociology and anthropology major from Spartanburg, S.C.
- Sera Guerry ’22
a religion major from Moncks Corner, S.C.
- Kenzie Syiem ’23
an English and Spanish major from Shillong, Meghalaya, India
by Dudley Brown and Robert W. Dalton