University at Buffalo WiSE ambassador Lauren McLaughlin-Kelly.

Lauren McLaughlin-Kelly

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Albany, NY

Extracurricular involvement and hobbies:

Research

  • Cadever dissection projects
  • Pathology research

Jobs

  • Emergency room patient care technician
  • Wellnow Urgent Care patient care technician

Clubs

  • Students for a National health Program, junior class representative
  • Association of Pre-Medical Students, emergency expeditor
  • Pre-Meds without Boards Member
  • WiSE ambassador

Community Service:

  • Biomedical Engineering Society at UB
  • National Biomedical Engineering Society social media volunteer
  • Kitten Angels
  • Red Cross blood ambassador

Advice for high school women interested in pursuing STEM degrees:

Do research about the different majors you're interested in and see what some potential jobs are. Its important to make sure you're going to love what you do at the end of the day, especially since you're dedicating so much time and money to this degree. It's also important to be confident and not let anyone intimidate you for wanting to pursue a STEM major.

Advice for new first year students:

Your college experience is shaped by you, so make the most of it. Break out of your comfort zone and make new friends, reach out to professors when you need help, look for research early on, join a lot of clubs, do anything that will make you happy. What you put in is what you get out of your time at college, so make sure to have the time of your life but to also set yourself up so that you can end up with your dream job.

Looking back I am very glad I pursued a lot of extra circular actives, which helped me make friends and set me up on a path to my dream job one day. Its also important to break out of your comfort zone and do these things on your own, it sets you up for a successful future.