1) Tell me about yourself.
Hello, my name is Samantha Roberts. I am a recent graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Mathematics and Secondary Education. At SFASU. I developed my passion for science and education. I enjoyed working as a calculus tutor for three years and spent a semester teaching students. In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking. I am extremely excited to be a part of UT Health San Antonio, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead of me.
2) What is your hometown?
I was raised in Houston, Texas by my biggest support team, my family.
3) Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio?
When considering graduate programs, I wanted to find a program that would help me develop as a researcher and provide opportunities for career development. Through my investigation into the university, I quickly realized the dedication that the faculty have for their students as well as the research they are conducting. I knew that UT Health San Antonio would be able to contribute to my development as a scientist, as well as provide an amazing community dedicated to making lives better.
4) What drew you to your program?
I was drawn to the Master of Science in Immunology and Infection for a few different reasons. I knew I had a passion for microbiology and the complex relationship that humans have with microbes. This passion generated my interest in how the immune system and pathogens interact. After investigating the academic plan of study, I learned that the coursework aligned greatly with my interest. I also learned that going through this program would help to develop my abilities in professional collaborations, oral communication, synthesis of experimental approaches for testing a hypothesis, and so much more. I knew that this program would develop me into the scientist I desire to be.
5) What are your career goals?
While I am still exploring career options, I know for certain that a fulfilling career would combine my two loves of science and education. I am interested to get involved in research regarding the use of bacteriophages as therapeutics for bacterial strains that are antibiotic resistant, as well as the use of bacteriophages as drug delivery vehicles. I am excited to explore career option in academia, and research. I am also considering pursuing a doctoral program in my area of interest in the future.