Hello! I am Edward Andrews, a third-year pre-medicine student majoring in MCB Honors with a certificate in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. On campus, I am passionate about research and currently work in Dr. Whitaker's laboratory, where I study the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. This past year, we examined several E. coli samples isolated from pigs on a farm to gain insight into how AMR genes spread throughout a population. Previously, I worked for several years at USDA NCAUR in Peoria under Dr. Behle and Mrs. Goett. With a focus on crop bioprotection, I assisted in the improvement of microbial insecticides concerning production, storage, and cost. In addition to research, I love teaching and mentoring and am excited to become a general chemistry TA and a member of MCB Leaders this fall. Outside of school, I enjoy pursuing my goal of a career in medicine and have recently become a certified EMT-B to gather firsthand experience in healthcare. I currently volunteer throughout my local community and hope to continue working on campus. In my free time, I love to stay involved with music by playing the saxophone and piano. During the summer, I play in the Pekin Municipal Band, perform with friends in a saxophone quartet (for which I also enjoy arranging and transcribing new music), and work as a staff member at my former high school. As an underclassman, I participated as a mentee in this program and had an excellent experience with my mentor. Now a mentor myself, I hope to have this same impact on others and am happy to help in any capacity I can - free to reach out!