Sarah Kerr

  • Class

    Class of 2025
  • Program

    B.A. in Biochemistry; minor in Biological Sciences ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    Utica, MS (South)
  • Involvement

    Greek Life, Service and Community Engagement
  • Social Media

  • About

    Sarah is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biology. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Smile Makers Club, UM Pre-Dental Society, Women in Dentistry, and the Student Members of the American Chemical Society. She was recognized with the 2022-2023 Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student Award. In her free time, she volunteers to help with children’s activities at First Baptist Oxford.

Get to Know Sarah Kerr

Why did you choose to attend UM?

I chose to attend UM because it offered me a chance to branch out of my comfort zone in an environment that kept the small town feel that I am used to. UM is also the best option financially and for preparing me for my future career. I want to be a dentist!

When and how did you choose your major(s)/minor(s)?

I have changed my major several times since freshman year, but I ultimately decided on Biochemistry because of the support and encouragement from the faculty in this department.

Why is your department a special place?

The faculty and my classmates within my department are what makes the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry a special place. It is the department where I found it the easiest to build good relationships with faculty members. The students in my classes are very close knit, especially when I moved into more advanced courses. They are always available to study with me and they will always be a friendly face both on and off campus.

What are your 3 favorite things about your major/department at UM?

  1. Dependability of my classmates
  2. Support from professors and advisors
  3. Research opportunities

Can you tell me about a professor or a class you’ve taken that has had the most impact on you?

Organic Chemistry with Dr. Gerald Rowland was the class that had the most impact on me. I made some of my closest friendships with the people that I studied with in this class. This was the first class where I found myself getting excited to study with others before a test. Dr. Rowland has been one of my favorite professors since my freshman year and he really helped me to succeed in this class. This is the class in which I was the most proud of my final grade!

What has been one of your most memorable or enjoyable moments at UM?

My most memorable moment at UM was going through sorority recruitment freshman year. This was my first college experience and it was when I really started to feel like I was a part of the community here at UM. 

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I am currently on the pre-dental track and I hope to attend dental school at either UMMC or UTHSC! Becoming a pediatric dentist is my ultimate career goal.

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