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Amy Hauser combined her interests in the sciences and dance throughout her academic career, performing in major dance concerts at the same time as she completed research and internships in microbiology, DNA repair, yeast genetics, and premedical studies. Hauser graduated in May 2003 and is now working toward a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology at Cornell University.

Hauser hails from upstate New York. She first read about Goucher in a dance magazine and decided to check out the college because it would enable her to pursue her academic interest in the sciences and her passion for dance at once.

“At a lot of other schools with good dance programs, you have to be a dance major to perform,” she says. “At Goucher, I could be a science major and still dance.”

Over the course of her undergraduate years, Hauser performed in the Goucher dance company’s annual concerts and in a gala production of George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” She worked on microbiology research with Professor Leleng To Isaacs and a research project on DNA repair with Assistant Professor Lesley Brown. During her junior year, she completed a premedical internship at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, MD. The following summer, she was named undergraduate research fellow at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, and worked on research in yeast genetics and drug resistance.

The experience paid off for Hauser, who is now working toward her doctorate at Cornell. “Doing research is like taking a chunk out of your graduate school work and showing you what it’s going to be like when you’re really doing your Ph.D.,” she says.

“A lot of the people I met at graduate school interviews didn’t have research experience because they went to bigger schools, and not everybody can do research there. At Goucher, most biology majors do.”

Amy Hauser