Meet a Shocker: Stephanie Bristow

Stephanie Bristow enjoyed her biology research project and her work at the department’s field stations.

 Stephanie is one is one of more than 3,500 students eligible for spring 2021 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.

 What degree did you earn?

Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. I'm also completing the Cohen Honors College Emory Lindquist Honors Track.

What is your hometown?

Fredonia, Kansas

What led you to Wichita State to begin?

The biology department and the diversity of the student body. 

How are you feeling leading up to graduation?

I'm excited for the next step! I'm looking forward to pursuing my next degree.

What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?

All of my experiences out at WSU's field stations and completing my undergraduate research project has been the most important.

What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

Being an undergraduate means you are frequently very busy. Between classes, work, and research, it gets hard to focus on yourself. I focused on my health first and foremost and set goals for each class to stay motivated. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I am going to enter as a graduate student in biology at Wichita State next fall and work as a graduate teaching assistant. 

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans? 

I really think that while COVID-19 has been a huge influence on the past school year, my classes and progression with research has kept moving forward. I look forward to seeing how things change over the next few months though. 

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

Be kind to yourself. College is challenging, fun and everything in between. Find what motivates you, and if you try your best, that's all that matters.

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