STEM Scholarship Spotlight: Ashlyn Willis

Hometown: Groveport, Ohio

Major: Biochemistry/Neuroscience

University: Ohio Dominican University

When Ashlyn was only seven years old, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune connective tissue disorder called Deep Linear Scleroderma. Ever since then, her ‘excitement with her rarity,’ has fueled her passion for learning how medical research and clinical trials are developed, and how doctors explore options to bring new medications to the market. Her experience as a patient has created a resolve in her to one day become a medical doctor.

STEM Scholarship Spotlight: Ashlyn Willis

Fun Fact: Ashlyn is a self-taught bassoon player and tenor saxophone player. She has also performed on bassoon with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra!

Ashlyn will be pursuing her dream by attending Ohio Dominican University, where she will major in Biochemistry/Neuroscience. After college, she hopes to attend medical school where she will focus on studies within the area of adolescent neurology, so she can later become a neurosurgeon. She looks forward to the day when she can serve her patients as their doctor, to help them both inside and out of the operating room as they continue on their path to a healthy recovery.

The advice Ashlyn has for younger students who might be interested in pursuing a career in STEM is the prosperity of America’s future relies heavily on the forward momentum of technology and innovation, which is driven by STEM careers. With a STEM career, you will be at the forefront of advancing technology and your skills can be utilized across multiple industries. On top of that, you can earn higher wages and count on better job stability.

About the Author:

STEM Scholarship Spotlight: Ashlyn Willis
Dorina Carrillo is the newest member of the Corporate Citizenship team at alliantgroup! She is a native Houstonian and comes from a diverse media and community relations background that includes Univision, Lopez-Negrete Communications and Houston Independent School District. Dorina holds a BA in Communication from the University of St. Thomas and a MS in Communication from Syracuse University. When she is not at work supporting STEM education in the Houston community, you can find her running marathons, on a yoga mat or traveling around the world.