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Bethany Mwaura Will Take Her Love for Molecular and Cellular Biology to Dartmouth College

May 2019

Bethany MwauraWhen biology major Bethany Wairimu Mwaura toured Spelman for the first time, she was instantly attracted to the sisterhood she saw demonstrated by the student leaders who welcomed her. The young scholar, who grew up in the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya, was also drawn to the College's commitment towards the success of Black women.

Mwaura excelled in all of her science classes at Spelman. She also thoroughly enjoyed working as a research assistant in Dr. Mentewab Ayalew's molecular biology research lab and received poster awards during Spelman's Research Day in 2017 and 2018. Passionate about helping her Spelman sisters excel, Mwaura served as a Success Center tutor for biology and chemistry and as a Directed Supplemental Instructor for biology and introductory physics.

A member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program and the Health Careers Program, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She was also an active member of Tri-Beta, the collegiate honor society for students in the biological sciences, the International Students' Organization and the African Students' Organization. After Spelman, Mwaura will pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.