Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2003

Whitworth Alumna Attends Prestigious Medical School

Rochelle Hinman, a 2003 Whitworth graduate who double-majored in biochemistry and Spanish, will join some of the best students in the nation when she enrolls this fall in the highly respected Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences/Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

As a Whitworth student, Hinman pursued a variety of opportunities to strengthen her science background. She worked for three summers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Kirkland, Wash., attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting, and had a paper published in the Department of Energy's Journal of Undergraduate Research. While at Whitworth, Hinman balanced her scientific pursuits with music; she was a violinist in the Whitworth String Orchestra for four years.

Hinman, originally from Kennewick, Wash., has received full financial support to attend UT Southwestern, including waived tuition, a yearly stipend to cover living expenses, and health insurance. Hinman chose UT Southwestern, one of the nation's highest ranked medical schools, because she wanted to test her skills and abilities at a large university. The UT Southwestern faculty includes four Nobel Prize winners and 14 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

"I finally came to the conclusion that I'd never know if I could run with the 'big dogs' unless I tried," Hinman says. " If I didn't try, I'd always wonder 'What if?' and I don't want to do that."

Hinman's first rotation at UT Southwestern will be with Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith, who specializes in x-ray crystallography and biological reactions in the body.

Through her experience at Whitworth, Hinman has realized that she has a love for education. She hopes to become a college professor after completing her education.

"Whitworth professors' passion for educating students is contagious," Hinman says. "Through them I came to see that there is a real need right now not only for educators of future scientists, but for educators who can effectively bring science to the layperson. There are so many advances being made that it is difficult to keep up. Someone has to act as a liaison."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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