A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Laura Leigh French

Graduate Student

Grad Year: 2011

Major(s):  Biology
Minor(s):  Theology, Music, Chemistry
Grad School:  Trinity International University

Laura Leigh came to Houghton as a biology major with minors in theology, music, and chemistry. Laura Leigh was looking for more than a biology program that offered strong academics and research opportunities. She sought a school that would allow her to expand her ability to understand moral and ethical dilemmas that arise from topics like stem cell research and genetic therapy and testing.

Laura Leigh’s time as a science student at Houghton was marked with research opportunities on and off campus. She was selected for a bioethics internship at Yale University for a summer, as well as a summer research opportunity at the University of Rochester studying cystinosis, a rare genetic disease. She spent the majority of her senior year working on an honors project—her work was rewarded when when she was invited to present her research at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Duke University. “I am especially appreciative of the quality science education I received at Houghton and am grateful to the Houghton biology faculty for the impact they have had on my life”

Laura Leigh is now in a masters program in bioethics at Trinity International University and is pursuing admission into an M.D./Ph.D. program.