Published on November 19, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas

Senior Samford University biology major Sarah Thomas was one of five students representing the university at the 2021 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) at Wofford College Oct. 29-30.

Thomas, a neuroscience minor, presented her research on a novel planarian she has been working on since she was a sophomore with the help and encouragement of research mentor David Johnson. She also had an opportunity to network and learn from other attendees. “My favorite part of the conference was being able to hear from the other students because they were all as excited about their research as I am about mine!” she said.

Thomas plans to pursue a career in medicine, and began interviewing for medical schools this fall.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.