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Passion for Chemistry Drives Research Opportunities

Samantha “Sam” Walker, ’17, is a scholarship recipient pursuing a degree in chemistry. She is also a member of the Honors College at Boise State.  Her future plans are to pursue a graduate degree and continue research in academia or industry.  

As a first-generation college student, she wasn’t sure what to expect when pursuing her academic career.

“No one in my family had ever had to fill out Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or take an SAT, visit college campuses, choose a major, or live in a dorm,” she said.  

Sam credits Associate Director Annal Frenz’s guidance in course offerings and expectations of the Honors College with leading her to Boise State University.  

“I knew that was something I wanted to invest in,” she said.

Sam is a recipient of the Laura Moore Cunningham Scholarship, the Hibbs Family Scholarship in Chemistry, and the Drs. Ed & Mary Ann Reynolds Foundation Honors College Scholarship.  

“Scholarships have facilitated my ability to dive into research and become involved in the Honors College,” she says.  

She currently works in a computational research lab in the Department of Biology and Chemistry for Drs. Owen McDougal and Matthew King, and serves as president of the Honors Student Association and as a senior peer mentor in the Honors College.  

“I feel extremely blessed when I think about all the time I have been able to dedicate to academics and not stress about how I will make ends meet,” she said regarding donor support.