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As a biological sciences major, student athlete, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program member and Chi Omega sister, senior Barbara Dietrick knows first-hand that Florida State University has a lot to offer — and has developed great time-management skills in order to pursue her diverse array of collegiate interests.

"I feel like I'm getting almost every aspect of the university, and it all really does tie together," Dietrick said. "They're very different worlds, but I feel very lucky that I get to experience them all."

Dietrick is grateful to be involved in communities that are understanding of her busy schedule and always encourage her to pursue her outside interests. Not only is Dietrick involved with multiple aspects of the FSU community, she also maintains a 4.0 grade point average and has won multiple awards for her research. She is the recipient of a Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award and a 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award for her academic study of disease progression occurring in the embryonic development of fruit flies.

For the past three years, Dietrick has studied brain-related diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in the laboratory of biomedical sciences Associate Professor Timothy Megraw. Her main focus is microcephaly, a congenital condition related to incomplete development of the brain. Dietrick researches the genetic links to these diseases, hoping to one day contribute to the collective effort to implement successful gene therapy in humans.