Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Jaquelyn Zoine

By Stephanie Weaver  |  Photo courtesy of Jaquelyn Zoine, '15

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Jaquelyn Zoine


Merrick, New York


Biology/Physics Interdisciplinary

Campus involvement

Alpha Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi Sigma, Beta Beta Beta, Mount Washington Volunteer, Peer Conduct Board, University Board of Discipline

Plans after graduation

I will be attending Emory University to get my doctorate in Cancer Biology.

How I chose my path

It started when I decided that I did not want to be a medical doctor. I think it is really easy to leave high school and say that you like science, so you’ll be a doctor. After my first research experience at the University of Colorado, I knew I needed to be in researchasking questions and discovering for the rest of my life. There is something really special about being able to say you were the first person to find something. I continued research at Loyola with Dr. Barr and Dr. Kazi. All of my mentors have been so supportive and encouraging of my decision to become a scientist.

Favorite Loyola memory

My favorite memory is when I first realized I belonged. It was late one night on the third floor of Flannery O’Connor and we were all up late playing a game we had invented called “the question game.” We were all laughing and there was so much love in the room. It was then that I realized I found my niche. The RAs got called and we were told we had to be quiet, but it is a memory and feeling that I will never forget.

The professor who had the biggest impact on me and why

Dr. Birgit Albrecht. She has been a huge support system for me on campus. Her office was always open to me, and I always felt comfortable telling her what was going on in my life or any of my problems. My entire Loyola experience would have been different without her. She has written countless letters of recommendation for me and has helped me to get where I am going.  I will miss Dr. Albrecht and I don’t think I will ever be able to thank her enough.

My strong truth/how the Jesuit college experience shaped me

The “constant challenge to improve” helped to shape my work ethic and motivation. I think it has been my mantra throughout my life to do more and try harder. There is a saying“shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars;” well, I always wanted to be a star, so I tell myself I need to “shoot” a little farther.

Shout outs to…

My family has been so supportive of me. I love them so much and don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have them to talk to and support me.

My roommates, Amy, Kaila and Lexie, have been the best pseudo-family. I wish them all the best and cannot wait to see the amazing things they do.

Last but not least, I would like to shout out all of my friends in my crazy and loud friend group at Loyola. You all have made this experience unforgettable. Good luck and best wishes!

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