Frankie Leech sub-matriculated into the SCMP program, which means that she is finishing her Bachelor’s degree and working on her Master’s degree simultaneously. Frankie acknowledges that juggling undergraduate and graduate classes is a tremendous challenge, but she also describes it as “part of the fun.”
Navigating complex situations, however, is nothing new for Frankie. She hails from New Mexico and the Philipines, though she spent most of her childhood in the Middle East. Frankie transitioned from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Philadelphia after deciding to pursue her Bachelor’s in Biology at Bryn Mawr College. Due to all of these cultural experiences, Frankie identifies as a “third culture kid.”
Just as Frankie has laid roots all over the world, she is rooted in her community at Bryn Mawr. Frankie has served as the Lead Coordinator for the Bryn Mawr College Community Garden and as a Peer Mentor for the college, among many extra-curricular engagements.
She hopes to be an innovator in the field of bioinformatics eventually; we know that she is well on her way. The SCMP program has allowed her “to dive into [her] field of interest” while giving her a “strong foundation in computation and numerical analysis”; this practical curriculum will make her an invaluable member of any interdisciplinary team. As Frankie says, it’s an exciting time for big data—and we know she has an important role to play.