Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Anamika Nanda

Mary Gates Research Scholar, Winter 2022

Research Project: Telomere Biology and Psychosocial Stress in NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 Swimmers

Project Description: I collected dried blood spot samples of NCAA swimmers from division 1 and division 3 colleges across and country and interviewed them to infer the levels of stress they experience and how this may affect their biology.

What have you learned throughout your research project?

I learned to persevere, work to be flexible, and keep an open mind throughout the data collection process while remaining patient.

What piece of advice do you have for future applicants?

Do not be intimidated by your goals, if they don’t scare you a little they aren’t big enough.