Isis Torres-Nuñez headshotA scholarship recipient, Isis worked alongside Biology Professor Anna Bernhard for two summers, studying how droughts affect microbes and shape ecosystems. They even presented their research together at a conference in Germany. Isis recalls, “Working in that lab was a life-changing experience for me. Learning about techniques like polymerase chain reaction in a textbook is one thing, but to actually carry out those experiments, by yourself, is another. The independence that I was given in the lab helped me develop critical-thinking skills and lab techniques that will forever be useful to me.”

Meanwhile, as a scholar in Conn’s Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, Isis also interned in Spain, with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Today, she works at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as part of their COVID-19 testing program for clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

Isis says, “I look forward to going to work every day, recognizing that my efforts are contributing to our battle against this pandemic.”

“Without scholarships and research funding from Connecticut College, I would not be thriving like I am today.”

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