Ellie Fratt was a STEM Scholar in 2016, when she interned at the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am a Neuroscience major and Chemistry and Religious Studies double minor.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was that I got to work on my own project and problem solve myself. For many of the things that I did, I was designing the protocols and adjusting things as necessary. It was really rewarding to see that I had the capability to figure these really technically difficult things out on my own.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Especially as an undergraduate, no one expects you to be perfect. Ask questions before you make mistakes—but mistakes are okay too.
What are you doing now?
Since I was a scholar, I got published as third author in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry for part of the research that I did at St. Jude. I was also awarded the Great Lakes STEM Scholarship and was an honorable mention for Tylenol’s Future Care Scholarship. Last spring semester, I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I got to travel to twelve different countries while I was there and researched part time at the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance. This summer, I worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in the department of Hematology/Oncology, which I absolutely loved. Currently, I’m in my senior year at Rhodes. I’m busy writing my thesis for my Neuroscience major, working as a teaching assistant in Rhodes’ Department of Biology, and training for a half marathon for St. Jude!
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
Oh, boy. Hopefully practicing medicine as a physician-researcher. But I also want to travel a lot more, read some good books, and visit more national parks!
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I just read The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God. It’s a super thought provoking and fun read!
Tell us a fun fact!
I recently went to an Ed Sheeran concert in Nashville, and a friend and I got front row tickets handed to us right before the concert started—for free!