Amber Shelton is a senior from New York City majoring in French and Biology. Through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ five-year BS/MS program, Amber will graduate in 2017 with her undergraduate degree in these fields, and a year later she will complete a master’s degree in Biology—accelerating her path to a career in pediatric oncology.
Amber is already gaining experience in the field. Since the fall of her junior year, Amber has had hands-on experience in the lab working in collaboration with Villanova faculty. For her master’s thesis, she is working on breast cancer research with CLAS professor Janice Knepper, PhD.
“Being able to experience research as an undergraduate student has been eye-opening and has better prepared me for the research aspect of being an oncologist,” Amber says.
This past summer, Amber worked on her French major in the best way possible—studying abroad in Lille, France, where she stayed with a host family for five weeks.
Outside of class, Amber is a member of the Supernovas—Villanova’s oldest co-ed a cappella group—a New Student Orientation Program volunteer and a Resident Assistant. She also served as vice president of the Black Cultural Society and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
“I chose Villanova because I had heard so much about its welcoming community in addition to the amazing academic opportunities that it had to offer. But I wasn’t prepared for just how special of a place it would be for me.”