Clark Scholars

Scott Cope (Biology)

My major is biology and I am receiving a minor in bioinformatics. Over the past four years I have been involved both scholastically and athletically. I have been on the Men’s Cross-Country and Track team for the past four years and have had the honor of being captain of the Cross-Country Team the past two years. Also I have received many conference academic honors as well as receiving NCAA Academic All-American honors in Cross-Country. During my time at Samford, I have been a LEAD Presidential Scholar, a Clark Scholar in Bioinformatics, the treasurer for the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and a recent committee member for the Global Christian Fellowship. This fall, I will attend Emory University for a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Epidemiology. I want to have a major impact on global health, whether it be in a laboratory or in the field, and am excited to see what the future holds for me.

Laura Dzugan (Chemistry)

I’m from Corbin, Kentucky.  While this was a great place for me to grow up, I was excited to move to Birmingham for college.  At Samford I majored in chemistry and minored in bioinformatics.  In the fall I will continue my chemistry education by attending Ohio State University for graduate school in proteomics.  After earning my PhD I’d like to work in industry or do research full-time.  I was able to conduct summer research twice during my college career.  I was part of Samford’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) after my freshman year and the University of Cincinnati’s REU program the summer prior to my senior year.  These were both great experiences, and I was able to present the results and conclusions of the research I conducted at Cincinnati at the ACS National Chemistry Meeting in Anaheim, CA in the spring of my senior year. I really enjoy reading, hanging out with my friends, and playing volleyball. 

Josh Moore (Computer Science)

I am from Birmingham, AL and pursuing a major in computer science, minor in bioinformatics, and am on track to graduate in May of 2011. I am currently looking for jobs in software engineering and would like to pursue a masters degree in software engineering at some point in the future.

Ashley Spann (Biology)

My name is Ashley Spann and I am a senior Biology major and bioinformatics minor from Douglasville, Georgia. Throughout my undergraduate career I have participated in several research opportunities focused on the role of cell signaling in cancer biology, including an exclusive fellowship the summer of 2010 at Merck Research Laboratories in the Department of Automated Biotechnology. I will be attending the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in the fall of 2011 and in the summer prior to matriculation, I will be participating in the UAB CaRES program investigating Gli-mediated transcription and its role in the metastasis of breast cancer. After receiving my medical degree, I intend to pursue further research opportunities in the fields of drug discovery and cancer treatments by obtaining a Master’s of Science in Clinical/Translational Research to help me build upon my existing analytical strengths and continue research in this field to explore potential therapeutic interventions.  By increasing my working knowledge of the health sciences and those specific efforts to merge the disciplines of science and medicine, my patients will benefit by having a physician who not only examines the physiological basis for their afflictions, but also seeks to discover pharmacological solutions.  As a physician, my goal is to not only be of immediate, direct assistance to my patients, but also seek advancements in global health through extended research and clinical trials. 

Jon Zeiger (Computer Science)

I am from Birmingham, but spent much of my life growing up Indonesia, where my family moved when I was five. I returned to the US to attend college at Samford as a Biology major. However, with the exposure to Computer Science that I received during my Bio Informatics courses, I discovered a love of programming and developing software. After graduating, I hope to find a job in Birmingham writing mobile phone and Java applications.