Students: Awards and achievements

Hilary Swift of Altamont was one of seven high school and college students serving as summer research fellows in the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences Summer Internship Program who presented research at the third annual Summer Capstone Symposium on July 31 at the University of New England.   

The students learned first-hand how discoveries in the university’s research laboratories are being developed as potential treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.  They also interacted with leaders from the Maine businesses to learn how collaboration with not-for-profit research institutions are furthering product development and resulting in company growth.

Swift, a rising senior at California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo majoring in Kinesiology, presented her research, titled “Clearly a Better Solution to Pain Management in Lab Research Animals.”

In college, Swift has been involved in activities such as the college health assessment team, vice president of STRIDE, a club focused on promoting healthy lifestyles; tutoring other students in anatomy and physiology; researching at the New York State Department of Health; and playing intramural soccer and volleyball.

After college, Swift plans on attending an osteopathic medical school, and UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is her first choice.