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Senior Honors Research Program

Where are they now?

Andrea Irby graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2011. For her Senior Honors Research project, she investigated methods of analysis for the active ingredients of anti-malarial drugs.  She gained valuable experience operating and interpreting data from various instrumental methods, and learned about drug labeling and formulation.  Andrea is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is in her third year. 
She is in the top 10% of her class and has been accepted into the Rho Chi Society, an academic honor society in pharmacy.  She is looking forward to beginning her fourth year of rotations, and will be getting married to Jonathan Leist (Longwood University, Class of 2011) in 2015.

     Alyssa Foley graduated from Longwood in May 2012 with B. A. in History (Hons.) and minor in Anthropology.  

     She is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in the Masters of Heritage Preservation program. Her concentration is in Public History, and the program is a graduate level version of Longwood's Public History program.  She is also working as a Project Archivist at the Atlanta History Center.


     Samantha Drake graduated with a BA in English at Longwood University in 2012 after completing a Senior Honors Thesis on eco-Apocalyptic literature. Her thesis has served as the springboard for a conference paper she has recently presented for the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, and for her current master's thesis.

     She now attends graduate school at VCU, where she interns for the Blackbird Review and works as a graduate teaching assistant.


     Kathryn Womack graduated with a BS at Longwood University in spring 2008. While at LU, she completed a Senior Honors Thesis on bat community dynamics and insect prey abundance in the Virginia piedmont region. From fall 2008 - spring 2011, Kathryn worked on her master's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at the University Missouri-Columbia. She studied resource selection of female Indiana bats and prey abundance in northern Missouri during the maternity season.

     Starting spring 2013, Kathryn will start her dissertation studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia looking at bat community abundance and dietary preferences in open woodland and oak-savanna restoration sites in the Ozarks of Missouri.