NORTON, Mass. - Several Wheaton College student-athletes have earned fellowships this summer through the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services that will enrich their academic experiences.
The Davis International and Porter Cleveland fellowships are just a few examples of the Wheaton Edge – a promise that every single student will receive financial support for an internship, research position or other experiential learning opportunity by the time they graduate.
Throughout the summer, the athletics department will feature the student-athletes taking part in these fellowships, including an attacker from the women's lacrosse team Maddy Lahm '19.
A chemistry major, Lahm will work as a public health intern at the Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratories in Providence, R.I.
Wheaton Athletics: Tell me a little bit about your fellowship.
Maddy Lahm: I'm working for the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories in the Environmental Chemistry Division. My project over the course of the summer is to compare Bleach used for agricultural purposes with their labels to ensure accuracy to prevent dangerous levels of sodium and calcium hypochlorite salts.
WA: What interested you in the fellowship?
ML: I am a chemistry major but I want to work in the environmental field. Working as an environmental chemist this summer is a great way to combine my interests with my studies.
WA: What experiences are you hoping to gain from your fellowship?
ML: I hope to gain a lot of lab work experience out of this fellowship and some mentorship on what direction I should go in after finishing my undergraduate degree.
WA: What are your career aspirations and how will this help you achieve them?
ML: Ideally I would love to work for the Environmental Protection Agency or even at the state-level. I want to find a job where I can use my interdisciplinary education to protect the environment. Lab experience is highly valued on graduate school applications, but this fellowship is also about me interacting with experts in my field and looking for guidance on finding my next steps.
WA: How will this experience make you a better leader at Wheaton and on your team?
ML: Any experience and wisdom that I have to gain from a position such as this one will give me more tools to help my teammates, on and off the field. Anything I learn is something that I can pass on to my teammates and the future leaders of the team.
WA: Finally, why do you think these opportunities are beneficial to Wheaton students?
ML: These opportunities are beneficial to Wheaton students because, in today's world, it is very expensive to be a student. Anytime we have the opportunity to lessen that burden, it's a huge help to us and will tremendously benefit our studies.