Sarah "Mae" Pope
Currently a senior at Northern
Arizona University graduating in Spring 2012 with a B.S. in Bology (Biomedical
emphasis) and Psychology. Experience in research and community
service has primed me for a future in medicine and/or translational research. Ultimately,
my career goal is to integrate scientific methods and practices to promote
healthier communities and individuals.
As a URM scholar, I conduct research with Dr. Catherine Propper on the
potential impact of an environmentally relevant chemical on in vitro ovarian
tissue using Xenopus laevis as a
model organism. Other research interests
part of Dr. Birkett’s lab, we
investigate biomarkers of stress and anxiety within the student demographic.
Ongoing projects include examination of potential natural anxiolytics,
endocrine and immune response to social stress, as well as use and attitudes regarding psychotropic supplement products.
Questions to guide prospective
what ways are positive traits such as resiliency, integrity, compassion and
creativity manifested within brain structure and function?
practices such as meditation, biofeedback, or well-being therapy be included
within workplaces, hospitals and schools to promote satisfaction, health and
Interests and hobbies
Being a student and working full-time has kept
me busy for the past four years, yet I have been lucky enough to devote energy
into other interests as well. Most notably, I love to spend time outside and
make sure to do so through distance running and gardening.
Feeling connected to the place where I live and community within it is important to me and I have been fortunate enough to strengthen my ties to NAU and Arizona as a whole with Cardinal Key. Cardinal Key National Honor society is an academic group that unites student leaders through participation in community service. Volunteer projects taken on by Cardinal Key include blood drives, fundraising for juvenile diabetes research (JDRF), Relay for Life, and meal preparation for the Flagstaff Family Food Bank.
When at home, I enjoy keeping indoor plants green and beautiful, cuddling with cute-little-cute dogs and cooking. I also delight in writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and wish I had more time for pleasure reading.
To encourage physical and emotional well-being, yoga or meditation are kept as daily practices. I also try to devote a moment at the end of the day to share a cup of tea with family and friends.