One of the main reasons for the continued success of the FIGS program is our talented, skilled Peer Instructors. We are delighted to recognize Maggie Morash, a past Peer Instructor of an “Exploring Health & Medicine” FIGS, for winning a highly competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This award—granted to a select group of high-achieving students in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering—celebrates Maggie's tremendous success at Rutgers University.
In 2014, Maggie conducted genetics research, served as Captain of the Women's Soccer team, and mentored first year students through the FIGS program. “I realized that being a FIGS Peer Instructor would be a really unique experience that would not only help me develop public speaking, planning, and mentoring skills, but would also provide me with a way to give back to a community that has given me so much,” she said. “Even as a junior, there were still so many aspects of Rutgers and resources available that I didn't know about, which made me wish I had taken a FIGS my freshmen year!”
Maggie will be returning for a second year with the FIGS program as a Senior Peer Instructor, helping to train and mentor new Peer Instructors for Fall 2015. “I applied to become a Senior Peer Instructor because I felt like I had gotten a lot out of the Peer Instructor role and wanted to help future instructors do the same,” she explained. “The students who become FIGS PIs are some of the most passionate and interesting people to be around at Rutgers, so I was excited to have an opportunity to work with and learn from them.”
Because of her interest in the study of cellular microtubules, Maggie hopes to continue pursuing her education at the postgraduate level and eventually run her own research laboratory. We are so proud of Maggie for encouraging her students to set high expectations for themselves and for modeling academic success in her own Rutgers experience. Congratulations, Maggie!
For more information about the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and other fellowship opportunities, check out the Office of Distinguished Fellowships.