Sarah Berkey was awarded the Thompson Rivers University Medal in Science along with her Bachelor of Science degree at this year’s convocation.
Sarah grew up in Cache Creek and graduated from Ashcroft Secondary with a TRU President’s Entrance Scholarship. Working at her family’s restaurant helped her develop the strong work ethic that carried her through her Bachelor of Science, and her parents and siblings were a great source of encouragement.
In her second and third year she won the TRU Biological Science Prize, and her fourth year at TRU was enriched by a directed studies in molecular genetics with Dr. Don Nelson. She learned a great deal about lab work, and Dr. Nelson’s encouragement to experiment and discover things on her own improved Sarah’s problem-solving skills while increasing her interest in medicine and research.
Sarah plans to travel and volunteer abroad for a year, and then continue on in medicine to become a surgeon. Having grown up in a small town with limited medical care, she is also considering becoming a family doctor in a rural area.
The TRU Medal in Science is awarded to the science student who achieved the highest grade point average over the assessment period.