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Buccaneer Spotlight - Katie Schurr

February 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

Katie Schur:Alumni (Class of 2010)

Sport(s): Women’s Soccer & Track and FieldKatie Schurr

Canal Winchester, Ohio – Bloom-Carroll High School (Carroll)

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Chemistry

How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?

“I found Beloit rather randomly.  My sister’s freshman year roommate in college was from Rockton and one day my sister and her roommate were talking about me and how I was interested in anthropology.  Her roommate exclaimed that ‘if she’s interested in anthropology, she should really check out Beloit…it has a great program.’  So my sister took a trip up to Beloit, gathered a bunch of informational packets, and sent them home to me.  The program looked good and the international programs/diversity at the school appealed to me.  I decided to visit and the people, professors, and campus vibe solidified my decision that Beloit was the school I wanted to attend.”

We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.

“Beloit College has given me the ability and confidence to take on challenges.  Both academics and athletics challenged me to push myself beyond my comfort point and in so doing, growing and accomplishing feats I never thought I would.”

What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?

Co-authored 2 published papers

  • Johnson, K.M.S, Farmer, T., Schurr, K., Donahuel, P.E., Farmer, B., Neal, D., Cherrington, A.D. Endogenously Released GLP-1 is Not Sufficient to Alter Postprandial Glucose Regulation in Dogs.  Endocrine. 2010.
  • Johnson, K.M.S. and Schurr, K. Sitagliptin: A DPP-4 inhibitor for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Clinical Medical Insights: Therapeutics. 3:81-92, 2011. Presented biological research at the Experimental Biology Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Schurr, K., Edgerton, D.S., Farmer, T., Neal, D., Cherrington, A.D., and Johnson, K.M.S. Elucidating the mechanism of glucagon-like peptide-1 for glucose utilization during periods of fasting. Poster. Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C., April 9-13, 2011. Published Abstract: FASEB J. 2011. 24:1095.18
  • Dean’s List (all semesters)
  • Academic All Mid-West conference (all eligible semesters)
  • Member of Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Andrew H. Whiteford Award
  • Edward C. fuller Award in Chemical Education
  • Team Captain (soccer and track)
  • 2nd team All Mid-West Conference (soccer (2008&2009) and track (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • School high jump record holder
  • Soccer Team MVP(2009) and Rookie of the year (2006)

If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?

“I don’t think I could choose any one professor who had an impact on my life.  Every one of the professors I had during my time at Beloit cared deeply for my education and me personally.  The three that stand out most in my mind though are Laura Parmentier, Kathryn Johnson, and Shannon Fie.  Laura single-handedly solidified my love of chemistry.  Katie allowed me the opportunity to push myself intellectually while showing unfailing support.  Shannon was one of the toughest professors I had at Beloit and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to learn from her because her class taught me how to learn.  The beauty of Beloit professors is that their interest in their students doesn’t end after lecture.  They get to know you outside of the classroom and support you in your interests.  So many of my professors are constantly seen at athletic events, cheering on their students and Beloit.  That support and interest is what really makes Beloit what it is.”

Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?

“Special Olympics is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever taken part in. The athletes train all year long for this event.  They are thrilled to show off their skills and interact with the students.  It was rewarding for me to meet these wonderful individuals and have the opportunity to see them compete year after year.”    

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.

“Since I am in my first year of medical school, in five years I will be starting my residency program.  Currently I am interested in radiology or orthopedic surgery, but I refuse to narrow my scope until I have had my rotations in each subspecialty.”

“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as – Opportunity.”