Anna Polietaieva ?27

Anna Polietaieva

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Biology and Chemistry

Anna Polietaieva ’27, a recipient of the George and Valborg Crossland Scholarship, comes to Carthage from Ukraine. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Anna is able to explore her Ukrainian history and conduct contextual research on Carthage’s Sam and Berry Shoen Soviet Art Collection to highlight marginalized populations.

As a double major in biology and chemistry, Anna’s favorite course has been Molecules, Cells, and Organisms. With the help of this course, she was able to set her career path; she plans to earn a PhD in biological or chemical science to conduct and perform research. “Exploring bacteriophages was fascinating and doing research of this type has helped me understand what I want to do in the future.”

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“As a liberal arts school, Carthage highlights exploring different disciplines and connecting them. The combination of both, and of course the lake view, were the main reasons I chose Carthage.”

Anna Polietaieva, ’27

Faculty mentors

Carthage faculty are some of my main supporters on my journey. They helped me understand not only the subjects they are teaching, but also what I want to pursue and showed me that there is a world of endless opportunities.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Molecules, Cells, and Organisms. Professor Sam DeCero has been an incredible professor, and I was able to learn so much. He thought of ways to best engage students and let us come to conclusions ourselves. One of the best parts of this class was the lab work. Exploring bacteriophages was fascinating and doing research of this type has helped me understand what I want to do in the future.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class so far has been Bioinformatics: Phage Hunters II. This class follows up on the lab work we have done in Molecules, Cells, and Organisms and continues researching bacteriophages using various bioinformatics tools. Professor Deborah Tobiason has been incredibly helpful and was always there for us if we had questions. Even though this class was challenging, as it was an upper-level class, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in various clubs and organizations. Amongst them are LGBTQ*SA, Book Club, Horticulture Club, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and Weightlifting Club. I love the sense of community these organizations bring. Getting involved on campus is one of the best ways to meet new people at Carthage.”

“During J-Term of my freshman year, I worked on creating a new student organization called Women in STEM. Hearing from peers in my cohort that they wanted support as a minority in the STEM area encouraged me to create a space for everyone interested.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably the basement of the David A. Straz Jr. Center. My friends and I spend every other lunch there when we have a break in between classes. It’s quiet, spacious, and has a great lake view!”

Favorite memory

“One of my favorite Carthage memories is of the first week of freshman year. It was full of different events and activities. My friends were getting together every day, and I was the most involved during that time.”

Best study tip

“Find a partner to study with! It has helped me so much in studying for my finals last semester. Ask each other questions, ponder, and think about topics.”

Best tip for making friends

“Get involved! Go to all the events at the beginning of the year and meet people. Ask someone in your class if they want to study together. Meet the neighbors on your floor and invite them to lunch.”