Biology – Outstanding Senior 2022

Lauren Forseth

Gig Harbor, WA

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology


  • Chemistry

Honor graduation status

  • Summa cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, Service

  • Hotline Advocate, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
  • Clinical Volunteer, Pullman Regional Hospital
  • Academic Excellence Chair,  Kappa Delta

Internships and Employment

  • Virtual Teaching Intern, Outreach 360
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, MultiCare Health System;
  • Anatomy Teaching Assistant
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, WSU
  • Student Ambassador, College of Arts & Sciences

Undergraduate Research

  • Various applications of Metal Organic Frameworks

Award & Recognition

  • Regents Scholar
  • Crimson Award from the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA)

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Dr. Edward Johnson, School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Qiang Zhang, Chemistry

Faculty Comments

“Lauren Forseth is the epitome of ‘Outstanding’ and is extremely deserving of this award. Lauren was among the first group of teaching assistants when we switched entirely to virtual learning, which included recorded, narrated presentations showing anatomical structures on the cadavers. Lauren’s presentations were professionally done, very informative, and helpful for the students in her lab sections. She was able to do this independently which required a lot of hard work and dedication on her part.” –Dr. Edward Johnson

“Lauren is one of the best undergraduate students I have ever had in my research group, having worked on several research projects and co-authored at least two publications. She was recently selected as a winner for the Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity Support award. This award will support her research on the conversion of carbon dioxide to produce organic feedstocks. She will be a remarkable ambassador of WSU graduates wherever she goes.” –Dr. Qiang Zhang

Personal Statement

“As my time in Pullman comes to my end, I’d like to thank my family, friends, and professors for supporting me these past four years. I am thankful for the opportunities WSU and the Pullman community have provided me. Coming here four years ago I would have never imagined this little town could offer so much. I will cherish the memories I get to leave this place with—everything from lively sporting events to late nights in Holland and Terrell libraries. While my time in Pullman is done, I will forever be a Coug. So, to everyone who has been a part of my academic journey, thank you. Go Cougs!”

Future Plans

After graduation, Lauren will take a gap year to work as an Emergency Room technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. Next spring she plans to apply to medical schools, with a primary interest in surgery. She hopes to practice medicine, to engage in her community, and to be happy—perhaps on the East Coast.