Veronica Line of South Range, Wis. received the Outstanding Student of Any Class award from the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. She began her NMU journey in fall 2017 as a Harden Scholar, earning a “full ride” that covered tuition, fees, and room and board. She will graduate April 30 with full honors, earning a bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in physiology and minor in Spanish.
As part of NMU's Freshman Fellowship program, Line conducted research at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center on campus under the supervision of assistant professor Amber LaCrosse. Her research resulted in a poster presentation titled “Detection of Axl in Exosomes and Microvesicles Released from Glioblastoma Multiforme Cells.” She continued as a student member at the UMBTC throughout her academic career.
Line also completed an Honors Program summer research fellowship under professor Paul Mann that will be published under the title “Rapid Extraction Free Detection of the R132H IDH1 Mutation in Glioma using Colorimetric Peptide Nucleic Acid Look Mediated Isothermal Amplification.”
Other activities Line participated in during her time at Northern included the Quiz Bowl team, Pre-medical Club, Mind Your Health student organization, Best Buddies, the Diversity Student Alliance, and Mortar Board honor society. She was also an Honors Program student ambassador and an NMU student ambassador, and served as a biology and chemistry tutor at the All Campus Tutoring Center.