Taylor (Qing) Liu
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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am a Team Leader for America Reads, a program with the Leadership & Community Service-Learning office. I spend 7 hours a week to lead a team of mentors that go into Prince George's County public elementary schools and help students learn critical reading skills. It's important to me because it's a chance to make a real difference in an underserved community, and it empowers me in my everyday life to believe in my ability to make a difference.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My goal is to attend medical school and get a Md/PhD degree, then become a medical researcher. I believe in the power of scientific research in bettering the world and helping people live healthier lives.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Cell Biology and Genetics Major with a minor in Statistics. I am a current sophomore planning on graduating in spring of 2018.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
I am an undergraduate researcher studying the autoimmunity pathways that lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. I'm really enjoying my time in the lab and the chance to apply what I learn in the classroom to actual laboratory techniques.
I am also a participant in Survivor Maryland, a semester long challenge where 19 participants must compete in challenges and plot to stay in the game as 1 person is voted out every week. In the end there can only be 1 sole survivor.