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Kiara
Thompson

Cohort 7

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Major: Biochemistry and Public Policy

Research Interest: Arthritis and autoimmune diseases



Through experiences with CSS, I have learned where my strengths and weaknesses lie, which has helped me to decide what my future plans should be.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

I was drawn to the community aspect of the program, the advising opportunities, and how CSS encourages undergraduate students to get involved in research. The CSS Program staff are dedicated to making sure all of the program participants succeed.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

I really enjoyed Summer EXCELerator. It allowed me to get to know all of my cohort members really well and to make friends before school started. As an out-of-state student, this helped me feel more confident going into college. I also loved last year’s Selection Weekend when all of the new scholars were interviewing for CSS, and we got to meet and interact with them. It was fun being on the other side of the experience!


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

CSS has helped me to realize that participating in research and going to graduate school are my true career goals. Through experiences with CSS, I have also learned where my strengths and weaknesses lie, which has helped me to decide what my future plans should be.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I am interested in arthritis and autoimmune disease research. I am currently working in the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC Group). I am also working with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to study the implementation of healthcare policy.