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Cancer Research is in her Future

Cara Perkins, a recent graduate and Physics and Math major, has not only excelled in the classroom, but immersed herself in the Merrimack community, becoming extremely involved.

As the first Physics major in 12 years to study abroad, Perkins traveled to Ireland, becoming involved in an experience like none other. While much of her time was devoted to her studies and working, she still had time to learn a lot about herself. “I realized how independent I was,” said Perkins. Most of her studies took place in Cork, but she had opportunities to travel to other parts of Europe, making her experience much more enriching.

As if her dossier isn’t strong enough, Perkins also completed an internship with the United States Department of Energy at Stanford University where she took part in Particle Accelerator research.

It never stopped at academics for Perkins. She was very involved on campus as an Orientation Leader, a member of Merrimack Programming Board, the Physics Club, as well as being a President Ambassador. Perkins also became an advocate for International Studies, often speaking with other students about its programs.

Perkins hopes to work with ultrasounds and medical imaging to help in cancer research, as well as radiation therapy.

Surely not alone as she speaks about what she likes best about Merrimack, Perkins said, “My favorite part of Merrimack is the sense of community, and seeing everyone smiling.”
“I love Merrimack, I don’t want to leave.” Perkins added.

By Patrick Lawlor, Associate Editor in Chief, The Beacon

Media Contact: Bethany LoMonaco, 978.837.5456