Zoology – Outstanding Senior 2021

Chloe Birchfield

Santa Clarita, CA

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology


  • Spanish

Summa cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, and Service

  • WSU Pre-Dental Club, Treasurer and Vice President
  • Kappa Delta/Sigma Tau, Secretary, Risk Management and Accountability
  • Cooperative University of Dairy Students
  • Volunteer work:
    • Girl Scouts of America; Adopt-A-Block Program; Prevent Child Abuse America
    • American Red Cross Coordinator
    • Food Not Bombs food bank, Moscow, ID

Internships and Employment

  • Dental Shadowing: Jonny Fisher (Pullman); Gary Van Grinsven (Santa Clarita); UCLA Periodontal Department
  • Resident Advisor, WSU
  • Golden Teriyaki, server
  • Physics Learning Assistant
  • Lifeguard (Santa Clarita)

Undergraduate Research

Honors Thesis: “The Correlation Between Psychological Disorders and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: What psychological affects arise after the onset of CRPS and if psychological disorders play an integral role in the management and treatment of this chronic pain syndrome. To determine if there are related pain disorders that can provide insight for potential treatments and diagnosis of the psychological and physical effects associated with CRPS.

Awards and Recognition

  • Cougar Academic Award (non-resident)
  • WSU Honors College
  • Dean’s Notable Achievement Fund Award
  • Sarah Davies Kravik Scholarship

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Lori Eiland, Health Professions Student Center
  • John Hinz, Molecular Biosciences
  • Andrew Storfer, Biological Sciences
  • Maria Sileoni, Languages, Cultures, & Race

Faculty Comments

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as Chloe’s pre-dental specialist and witness her remarkable intrinsic drive to succeed in combination with her kind, compassionate personality. She has confronted personal and academic challenges head-on, learned from these setbacks, and moved forward. I am confident that Chloe is prepared to tackle dental school and she will go on to transform lives through a career in dentistry.” Lori Eiland

“Chloe asked some of the best questions I’ve ever had from a student in any class, which shows her level of intelligence and maturity. I can say with confidence that Chloe is: extremely reliable, has strong written and oral communication skills, is tactful in discussions and is conceptually advanced for her career stage. Her outstanding performance in my course is particularly impressive in light of the fact that Chloe also works a part-time job, volunteers for multiple organizations, and is a resident assistant in her dormitory. Honestly, I do not know where she gets the time to perform all these tasks, but judging from her demeanor and performance in my course, I am confident she performs them all extremely well.” Andrew Storfer

Chloe is a charismatic character with a focused mind and a sharp wit. She’s also a hard-charging investigator who knows what questions to ask to find the details needed to make connections between distant concepts. Perhaps most important, she’s a kind person with an understanding of the importance of science and research as the instruments of human progress. Chloe is among the finest examples of the next generation of scientists who will be needed to help us discover the cures of our current ills and protect us from the biological menaces on our horizon. John Hinz

Personal Statement

I cannot have imagined attending any other college than WSU. The experiences, football games, faculty, and friends I have made have made these past four years incredible. If it were not for the compassionate, dedicated, and caring professors and faculty I have had at WSU, I do not think I could have made it through some of the ups and downs I experienced over my four years. I would like to thank my amazing, strong, and independent mother for helping me make it as far as I have in my education. If not for her constant support and always pushing me to be the very best I can be, I do not think I would have accomplished as much as I have at WSU and starting dental school this summer. Finally, I would like to thank my father, who, although, is no longer with us, for being my number 1 fan and always encouraging me to follow my passions. I love you so much mom, dad, and Riley, and I am extremely grateful for the support you have shown me over the last four years. I am sad to be leaving, but I will always remember and cherish my time at WSU. Always and forever, go Cougs!

Future Plans

Attending the University of New England College of Dental Medicine.

Plans to have her own private dental practice one day.