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Leah Thornton

Class of 2013

Major: Zoology

Hometown: Helena, Alabama

Relationships make an impact

My favorite part about Miami is definitely the people that I have met. There are so many people that have invested in me and taken me under their wing that it doesn't seem like a coincidence - it must be something that is valued here. One of the things I found so impressive when I visited, and still do, was that everyone cared about me as a person. I am not just an athlete or a student that has a good GPA to make the school look good.

Assistant Swimming Coach Mark Davis has been there every step of the way and has worked with me to make things happen. The same goes for Dr. Marlo Jeffries who I conduct research with. It is obvious that we are not just doing grunt work all the time, she wants to give us responsibility and she wants us to succeed. I am looking at graduate schools and she is going to be a key factor in helping me through the process and networking. The people I have met and who have invested in me have been great and hopefully it is paying off for them, I am trying to make them proud!

Research experience

One of my research projects is developing the sheepshead minnow, which are fish that live in estuaries as a model organism. We want to see how contaminants in the aquatic environment affect the immune system of these fish and we look at tons of immune parameters such as white blood cell count, gene expression, and antibodies.

I am passionate about my research because it is so relevant to current issues. For example, one of the contaminants in the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a compound called benzopyrine and we are planning on exposing our fish to this contaminate to see the effects on their immune system.

Zoology major

I was undecided for my entire first year and had no idea what I wanted to do. I took Dr. Oris' environmental biology course and absolutely loved it. I never thought of myself as a science person, but the course made me see science as more political and modern. I had always considered myself as more of an English-literature type of person. Balancing everything has been hard, but I like it so much that it's worth it.

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    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

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    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

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    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

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    7847 VOA Park Dr.
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    West Chester, OH 45069
     
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    Middletown

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    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

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    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

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    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
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    Oxford, OH 45056

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