Andrea Merry

Spring 2013


             Andrea Merry
  Biology & Chemistry Major

Andrea has been selected as the Rio School of Science Newton-Einstein-Rutherford-Dubois/Darwin Awardee. This award, named after several pioneering scientists
recognizing students who are demonstrating outstanding scholarship.  To learn more a
bout Andrea, read below her responses to a set of questions we recently asked her. 

How we got to NERD/D….
famous scientists and some of their discoveries: 

  • Issac Newton - laws of motion, gravity laws, and binomial theorem
  • Albert Einstein - relativity
  • Ernest Rutherford - proton
  • Marie Dubois - Homo erectus
  • Charles Darwin - natural selection

The award is pronounced "Nerd - dee!"

To learn more about Andrea, read below her responses to a set of questions we recently asked her.

 How long have you been attending at Rio?
I've been attending Rio since I was 16 as a PSEO student. I'm currently finishing my
fifth and final year.

Over the years how many different courses in the School of Sciences have you taken? (Estimate if you can’t remember exactly )
After reviewing my transcript, I've totaled a whopping 31 classes in the School of Sciences. In other words, I live there.

What one science course—not counting this semester—was the one that you have found the most fascinating/interesting so far at Rio…and why?
Although I love all aspects of science, I found Biochemistry to be the most captivating course to date. It was a class that allowed me to apply not only my chemistry knowledge, but my biology knowledge as well. Also, we got to experiment with cookies :).

In your discipline (i.e., biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, math, etc.)  what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain?  (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet)
My first stop would be with my idol, Maxwell Planck, in order to pick his brain about working as a scientist during WWII in Germany. Next, I'd meet with Rosalind Franklin to ask her specific questions about her race to develop the first image of DNA. Lastly, I'd meet with the "mad scientist", Nikola Tesla, who was the designer of alternating current.

What is your favorite food? 
As part of the Merry Family tradition, I enjoy all things Italian.

What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)? 
It is a tie between Mean Girls and Tropic Thunder.

What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity?
My most favorite hobby is gymnastics, with solving/collecting Rubik's cubes as a close second.

Describe the part of taking a course you like the most.  (For example:  sitting in on lecture, participating in a lab, the taking an exam, writing a term paper, etc.).   Why?
My favorite part of any course is when I get to utilize my problem-solving skills. I usually get to do so during lab or when I'm working on a research project.

If you could go anywhere in the U.S. for your first job as a professional, where would it be?
After experiencing some great spring breaks in Florida, I decided that I'd eventually want to live there. As a medical doctor, I see lots of opportunities there.

If you could give an incoming (i.e., freshman) science major one piece of advice of how to succeed (i.e., learn a bunch) during their undergraduate years at Rio, what would it be? 
Don't be afraid to push your boundaries. I was afraid at first to try for what I assumed was impossible, but I've managed to succeed and have come from my experiences with widened eyes.

What is your favorite quote?
"If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants." -Sir I