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Elizabeth Williams

Music and Pre-Medicine


Elizabeth Williams is studying music and pre-medicine with the intent of becoming a neurologist. She would like to conduct research on the connection between music and the brain. Over the summer of 2011, Elizabeth assisted with research at the Neuroscience Lab at East Tennessee State University on the effects of nicotine and Ritalin on the schizophrenic brain. Over the summer of 2012, she traveled to Japan with her class of Haslam Scholars and participated in the Medical Horizons program at ETSU, where she shadowed physicians in different specialties. Later that summer, Elizabeth traveled to Nicaragua on a medical missions trip.

In the past, Elizabeth has spent time volunteering at the Joy of Music School, MLK Day of Service, Relay for Life, Aid for Africa, and Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure." Elizabeth was elected Freshman Representative to the Honors Council, Ritual Chair in Sigma Kappa Sorority, and became a member of UniTe during her freshman year. Her sophomore year, Elizabeth served as secretary on the executive board of the Honors Council and continued her responsibilities as Ritual Chair for Sigma Kappa, while maintaining involvement in philanthropic activities.

Elizabeth currently serves as secretary of the Honors Council and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa. This year, she will travel to the United Kingdom and later to Ethiopia, where she will assist fellow Haslam Scholars in building a school classroom in a small village. After her undergraduate studies, Elizabeth plans to attend medical school. She would also like to apply for the Rhodes scholarship.