Giving students like Balaji and Fulani the chance to do research as undergraduates is a core value for Mary Baldwin. All students create a senior project in their major in order to graduate.
“We create opportunities for students to learn in high-impact ways on a scale that very few universities can rival,” said Provost Ty Buckman. “It’s a time-intensive, highly personalized approach that demands a lot from our faculty, but at our students’ 50th class reunion, it’s what they will remember, the experience that made the difference.”
The keynote speaker for Capstone and Mary Baldwin alumna Leigh A. Frame ’06 PhD, MHS knows all about the difference research can make to individual lives and society.
As the program director for integrative medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), she helps promote education and scholarship within integrative medicine, a field that brings conventional, complementary, and alternative medical approaches together to treat the whole patient.
Frame’s address is “Life Is a Journey: How Mary Baldwin Prepared Me to Take on the World,” and she has this advice for the student researchers who will hear her speak at the Capstone opening ceremony:
“Life is a journey, not a destination,” Frame said. “You need to get out there, make mistakes, and get messy. Some of the best turns in your career or life may be off the path you originally intended to follow.”