Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard Shines
Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard, a Biological Sciences major at RCC, joined 28 other students from each of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education institutions for the Third Annual 29 Who Shine event on May 2 at the State House. The students from each of the state’s community colleges, state universities, and UMass campuses, like Share-Leigh, were selected for their academic excellence, participation in campus activities, and community service work. In addition to the 29 Who Shine Award, Share-Leigh won first place in the 2013 Ruth and William Silen, MD Awards which “recognize participants who
deliver outstanding oral presentations and who create exceptional scientific posters.” Share-Leigh was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and will graduate this year with Highest Honors.
Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard Wins First Place in Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards
As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard was curious about the natural world that surrounded her. Later that initial curiosity would lead to a burning interest in the world of science. As a Biological Science major at Roxbury Community College, Share-Leigh recently won first place in the 2013 Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards, which “recognize participants who deliver outstanding oral presentations and who create exceptional scientific posters.” Share-Leigh’s poster presentation was titled
Reclassification of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to Increase Treatment Efficacy. Her research work was guided by Dr. Alfred Gaskin. “He is one of the most student-oriented professors at Roxbury Community College,” Share-Leigh said of Dr. Gaskin. “He always says, ‘Think outside of the box.’” The Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards were part of a larger awards ceremony sponsored by the New England Science Symposium.
Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard, Roxbury Community College’s nominee for the 3rd Annual 29 Who Shine Event, is a remarkable student and an exceptional human being. While at RCC, Share-Leigh has at times served as President of the Science Club, President of the Garden Club, Secretary of the Pizza and Politics Club, Student Representative of the Student Government Association, and a member of the Honors Club. She also volunteers in the RCC Writing Center and at a community swimming pool in Roslindale, MA. In spite of having had an extremely active schedule, Share-Leigh will graduate with a 3.98 GPA.
Eager to continue expanding her science experience, Share-Leigh is currently working as a student intern at the Massachusetts Biologics Laboratory in Mattapan, MA. She is proud of her work at the lab, which is confidential in nature.
Share-Leigh’s future plans begin with transferring to a four-year college where she plans on earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. From there she intends to enroll in medical school and graduate with both MD and PhD degrees in Bio-Medical Research. Her future research focus will be to continue the Reclassification of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma project she began at RCC. Share-Leigh would like to help people live longer, healthier lives.
Share-Leigh is also a poet, able to merge her love of nature and science into poetry that explores the connection between science and human emotions. In one of her poems, titled The Equation of Life, based on a painting by Reginald Gee, she wrote:
The numbers that are
Remind me of the fraction
of time that we have
To climb up the staircase
of love and determination…