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  • Capstone Scholars outside of the church  they used to set up a medical clinic in Las Crucitas, an area of Masaya, Nicaragua.

    Medical Clinic in Las Crucitas

  • Calli and her team of Capstone Scholars giving donations to the children.

    Capstone Scholars Donate to Local Children

  • Calli and her team standing in front of the Masaya volcano and lagoon.

    The Team at the Masaya Volcano and Lagoon

Alumni Spotlight: Calli Fletcher

Calli Fletcher graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minors in Spanish and Medical Humanities.  She loved her time in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina and is so thankful for all that she learned and experienced.

I decided to major in chemistry because I really loved my chemistry classes in high school and I knew that I wanted to learn more advanced chemistry throughout college.  I also knew that having a chemistry major would greatly help me when it came to preparing for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), and pursuing my dream of going to medical school.

My favorite chemistry classes were definitely Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 333 and 334) taught by Prof. Wiskur, and Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 542) taught by Prof. Chen.  Prof. Wiskur was an incredible professor who made organic chemistry much easier to learn and understand because of her organization and lecture style that I loved.  Prof. Chen was also one of my favorite professors because she made quantum mechanics so interesting and really encouraged my desire to learn everything I possibly could and really master the material in her class.

Outside of the classroom, I was involved in many clubs and organizations, including the Capstone Scholars Program. I served as a Capstone Ambassador for Pre-Medical Students, an Undergraduate Assistant, and served as the student leader on my second medical mission trip with Capstone to Nicaragua, Phi Mu Fraternity, where I was Vice President of Operations from Spring 2014-Fall 2014, Amigos del Buen Samaritano, where I was Treasurer during my senior year, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, where I was Historian during my senior year.  

I won numerous awards and scholarships throughout my undergraduate career for both my academics and research on childhood psychology with Prof. Kelly Lynn Mulvey.  

The award I was most proud of, was being named the Victor Laurie Senior Year Scholarship recipient from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  

After graduation, I will be attending medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and plan to become either an OB/GYN, or a dermatologist in the future.