Student Life-Molly Gillam

Molly Gillam, a 2011 applied biology graduate, earned the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Award

Molly Gillam  
Molly Gillam


If Molly Gillam could have clicked her heels and been transported to any college, it would have been Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
"There's no place like Rose-Hulman," she says. The applied biology graduate will miss her campus life as she moves on to pursue a doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
"I'd like to end up studying translational research and cancer pharmacology," Gillam explains. Her senior thesis involved determining how compounds in the environment affect estrogen signaling in breast cancer cells. "There are compounds in the environment that are causing harm to animals and humans," she says.
Gillam made the most of her Rose-Hulman experience. Besides her academic work, she also was a resident assistant for two years and participated in several campus activities, including the Culinary Craftsmen Club.
The Lafayette native was instrumental in organizing a large campus concert and Up 'til Dawn, a philanthropic event benefitting St. Jude Children's Hospital. Rose-Hulman raised the most money of any Indiana college for the past two years.
Gillam earned the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation, and was named the college's outstanding applied biology graduate.
"The difference here is the personal skills that I've developed," she says. "Because Rose-Hulman is a small school, I've had a lot of opportunities to learn about myself and others."