Nichole Boyd

FACTS ABOUT NICHOLE

  • Graduating 2013
  • B.A., Chemistry; German Minor
  • What’s Next: Serve in the mission field, then medical school. “I imagine my future based around family and a career full of service.” Other Activities: Lab teaching assistant, supplemental instructor for organic chemistry, member of the hip hop dance team, community volunteer at Holy Family Hospital, gardening for the Women’s and Children’s Restaurant, playing guitar, longboarding, horseback riding.

THE PROFESSORS ARE THERE TO HELP ME PERSONALLY GET TO WHERE I WANT TO BE...I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF A UNIVERSITY THAT ENCOURAGES ME TO USE WHAT I KNOW AND LOVE TO HELP OTHERS

Nichole Boyd

One of the touchstones of a Whitworth education is the opportunity for students and faculty to work together to consider and solve real-world issues. For Nichole Boyd, ’13, that means working alongside one of her chemistry professors, Trisha Duffey, to find an early diagnosis of a rare genetic disease called mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MVP VI). MPS VI is difficult to diagnose, and results in irreversible skeletal and organ damage in children. Through their one-on-one work in the lab, Boyd and Duffey are developing a method to identify patients early and therefore allow for early treatment intervention.

“I know I can rest assured that the professors are there to help me personally get where I want to be,” she says. “[Professor Duffey] was always willing to spend time with me in order to help me understand and succeed. Whitworth really encourages this kind of interaction through research and study-abroad opportunities, as well as through ‘Dine with a Mind,’ which is a way for students and professors to get together and talk over coffee. I have found these opportunities very beneficial.”

After Whitworth, Nichole plans to serve in the mission field and then attend medical school. “I am so grateful to be part of a university that encourages me to use what I know and love to help others.”