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Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program

Kimberley Schiller

Royal Veterinary College
Class of 2009

Background: I have had an international upbringing, having been born in New York and raised in Sweden, Ethiopia and in Austria, where I graduated with my International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2002. Having traveled a lot with my parents I consider Vienna my primary home, despite being Swedish. It was in Austria where I got my first research experience during my gap year before college, when I did a five-month UN internship in an IAEA/FAO laboratory working on sequencing trypanosome DNA. I have wanted to become a vet since I was six and was very happy to be accepted to the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2003. In my third intercalated year there I studied at the University of Edinburgh, where I took a BSc Honours degree in "Microbiology and Infection".

Interests: In Edinburgh, I worked on prion research at the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit as part of my degree, which I found very rewarding, since I am keen on research in general. I have also been active in student politics and enjoy socializing, sports and music in my free time.

Career Goal: While now focusing on getting my vet degree I can see doing a PhD later on as I really enjoy research, but I also think of working in public health, or in industry.