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Laura Bender

Student Ambassador


Email: Laura Bender

Graduation year

  • 2023


  • Pre-Medicine
  • Philosophy


  • Medicine and Society
  • Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation


  • Cleveland, Ohio

What do you love most about UD?

UD is without a doubt a perfect Goldilocks school. It is big enough that we attract wonderful opportunities, but its small enough that we aren't competing with each other. I truly feel like the people here are here to uplift me, and I want to do the same for them.

Have you ever participated in faculty-mentored research? If so, what did you learn from that experience?

I work in Dr. Bui's lab, where I am focused on a project I proposed and facilitated the development of to study the biomarkers of Glioblastoma migration. I have learned so much beyond the fruits of my research. Above all, I've learned patience and diligence with the process, and how to focus on the "why" during difficult times (like writing literature reviews). Technically, I've learned how to culture and grow 3D tumor models and implant them in a microfluidic device where we can use fluorescent staining to see where certain biomarkers are located.

Favorite class at UD and why?

This is tough! Right now, I love Biochemistry (CHM 420), but I also really liked Greek Philosophy (PHL 350).

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at UD?

  • Resident Assistant 2020-22, Bui Research Group
  • Student Researcher Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Pledge Master Wrapped in Love: Maker's Club for a Cause
  • Founder and President University of Dayton Club Boxing
  • Member Hospital Elder Life Program
  • Volunteer, Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation
  • Certificate Student

Why did you choose UD?

When I first came on campus, I was immediately met with this homey feeling. I knew that this was a place that would nurture and support me in all my endeavors. My mom even cried on our first visit. Maybe its cliche, but when I knew that this was where I was supposed to be, I knew it in my heart.

Is there anything else about your UD experience you think prospective students and their families should know?

There will be time for fun, and time to be a person. There are so many opportunities that, if you can dream it, you can do it, but you will make so many memories here beyond the classroom, as well.

What do you like most about your major?

The way it prepares me for the next steps in my career (for the MCAT and medical school applications) and the support of the advisors in the major. Dr. Scheltens and Dr. Rhoads have supported me in ways I wouldn't have imagined.

What piece of your academic journey has you most prepared to begin a career after graduation?

I think my research here is going to be one of the highlights of my application to medical school, but ultimately, I think what will get me in is my ability to be a person above my accomplishments that UD has helped me develop and focus on. I don't feel like a Pre-Med robot, I feel like a person who is working hard to becoming a doctor, and that isn't something I would've retained at another school.