Through her service in the Berry College Bonner
Scholar program, senior Victoria Sokolove has comforted families faced with
cancer and provided medicine to rural areas.
Victoria has devoted two years working with the nonprofit
Summit Quest where she currently serves as project manager. Summit Quest is an
organization dedicated to helping children and families with loved ones facing
cancer to help to understand and cope with the disease.
Victoria, a biology major and chemistry minor, first
became acquainted with Summit Quest as a Bonner Scholar. And most recently, she
served as an intern at the National Cancer Coalition in Ormand Beach, Fla.,
where she provided medicine to rural areas, helping her to decide to pursue a
career in epidemiology.
“Working through that I realized public health is
fantastic, and this is a way I can connect my heart to serve people,” she said.
Victoria has also worked as a research assistant in
the Berry chemistry labs since her freshman year. Last year she presented her
honors thesis “Mutational Analysis of the Bovine Leukemia Virus Nucleocapsid
Protein” at two national conventions.
When she is not fulfilling her Bonner Scholar
commitments, Victoria serves as a Presidential Ambassador, the vice president
of External Affairs for Omicron
Delta Kappa and served as a First Year Mentor for two years.
Story by Public Relations Assistant Lindsey Dyches.
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