Biology – Outstanding Senior 2021

Megan Wong

Boise, ID

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology


  • Chemistry

Magna cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, and Service

  • Cougs Cancel COVID, assist with testing
  • WSU Launch Ambassador
  • WSU Scientista, Director
  • Alpha Phi, Beta Rho
  • WSU Crimson Girls Dance Team

Internships and Employment

  • Multiple Clinical Shadowing Experiences
  • WSU University Recreation, Group Fitness Instructor
  • Bustad Respiratory Clinic

Undergraduate Research

  • Chris Barry’s Youth Personality and Behavior Lab
  • Honors Thesis: Agent-Based Modeling of COVID-19 – passed with Excellence

Awards and Recognition

  • Honors College
  • 2017 National Merit Finalist
  • National Merit Scholarship (2017-2021)
  • President’s Honor Roll (2017-2021)
  • Psychology Department Symposium- Diversity in Research Award
  • Dean’s Notable Achievement Fund Scholarship Recipient
  • Honors College Scholarship Recipient for Study Abroad
  • Honors College Johnson Scholarship Recipient
  • Crimson Squad Scholarship
  • Selected for 2020 Hearts in Motion Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala

Education Abroad

  • Summer 2018, in Ireland
  • Volunteered abroad at a Buddhist Tsu Chi Medical Foundation Guanshan Tsu Chi Hospital

Faculty Comments

In the time that I have worked with Megan, I have been humbled by her intelligence, creativity, and genuine care and concern for others. In my experience as a faculty member, it is often the case that students who are highly academically-driven are not involved in the many social and community engagement opportunities available in and around our campus. Conversely, those students who place a premium on social and extracurricular involvement often do so at the expense of their academics. Megan is the complete package—a bright, talented, motivated, collaborative, and kind individual. She has a bright future ahead of her.  Chris Barry

Personal Statement

When I look back at my four years here at WSU, I’m reminded of all the meaningful relationships I’ve fostered. I always say I choose my friends and I truly chose the best. I couldn’t have made it this far without the encouragement from my friends, my advisors and mentors (listed below) and most importantly my family. I am so incredibly honored to be representing WSU as an Outstanding Senior and I am grateful to all my people for supporting me in getting to where I am now.

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Chris Barry, Psychology
  • Sergey Lapin, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Sian Ritchie, Biological Sciences
  • Lori Eiland, Health Professions Student Center
  • Kaila Evenoff, WSU Athletics
  • Norah McCabe, Biological Sciences
  • Jeremy Lessmann, Chemistry

Future Plans

Medical school is the plan, but she will take a year to confirm that is what is best for her. She might pursue clinical research or orthopedic surgery.