#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Maclane Abbott
Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI
In this week’s student spotlight, we are catching up with Maclane Abbott, an RSGA student representative for our department! Maclane is a first-year MPH candidate with research interests in infectious disease and reproductive health. In this feature, we’ll learn more about Maclane, why she chose Rollins, and plans for her new role as EPI rep. Read more below!
Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.
I received my B.S in Public Health from Texas A&M University.
Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?
I was recently hired as a graduate research assistant for an exciting fertility study lead by Dr. Audrey Gaskins and Dr. Heather Hipp.
What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?
Do it! Public health is such a broad field, and you can really find an area that fits your goals and makes you happy. The tools and skills an MPH provides will be great to have even if you end up leaving the field.
When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?
I wanted an epidemiology program where I would have lots of chances for hands-on learning and community service. I initially looked into Rollins because of the proximity to the CDC, but eventually learned of all the amazing public health organizations in the community that I would have the opportunity to volunteer for or work with during my time here.
What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?
I’m really loving all the connections that I get to make with people. I’ve learned so much from a variety of new perspectives, which is helping me grow not only in my career, but in my life.
What are you looking forward to during your term as RSGA EPI student representative?
I’m really excited to meet everyone and get to know how we all decided to pursue epidemiology, as well as, explore ways to get the most out of our time at Rollins!
What are some changes or cool ideas you are looking to bring to the department?
I love the idea of having some type of stress relief hour, possibly with furry four-legged friends. We used to do a similar thing in undergrad, and everyone loved it! Overall, I just want to help us bond as a department, as these relationships will be so important through our career in this field.
How have you been spending your free time?
If I have free time I’m either reading, spending time with my new best friends (thanks Rollins!) or playing video games on my switch.
What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
- I collect antique medical textbooks
- Coffee is the way to my heart
- I have a cat named Goose.
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