• A Personal Odyssey

  • Sami Kennedy '15 is a biochemistry and molecular biology major and medical humanities minor from Berkeley Heights, N.J.

    Her first research Odyssey at the Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey was inspired by her personal experience with a chronic illness she was diagnosed with at age 14.

    Sami continued to pursue research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying a protein associated with intestinal inflammation in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s.

    “Actually seeing the colonic inflammation and ulceration in the mice I biopsied was a stark reminder of the critical importance of this research,” says Kennedy, who also volunteered at a summer camp for young people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

    Sami founded diseaseonmysleeve.org, an online resource for teens and young adults with chronic illnesses, and wrote about chronic illnesses for a Hendrix-Murphy Foundation writing project.

    We pioneered engaged liberal arts and sciences education through the creation of Your Hendrix Odyssey. Every Hendrix student completes at least three hands-on learning experiences selected from six categories:

    • Artistic Creativity
    • Global Awareness
    • Professional and Leadership Development
    • Service to the World
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Special Projects

    Your life's Odyssey starts here.