Outside of the lab, Sarah is passionate about health equity and co-founded UNC Campus EMS where she served as Chief during her final years at UNC to deliver equitable and accessible medical care, preventative vaccines, and CPR education to the Carolina Community. Sarah continues to care for patients as a Paramedic in Chatham County’s EMS system, where she spends the majority of her time outside of lab. When not working, Sarah enjoys seeking the perfect cup of iced coffee (hint: the best is at Café Diem in Pittsboro), spending time with whoever’s dog she can steal for a day, and planning her next (maybe science-related) tattoo.
Personal DEI Statement: “I am personally committed to promoting an inclusive work environment that is supportive and celebratory of individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities. I seek to better understand the ways identity (including racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background, socioeconomic status, etc.) influence our opportunities and outcomes, and strive to empower individuals from historically disadvantaged groups.” – Sarah Torzone
Rachel DuMez-Kornegay, BBSP
Rachel is passionate about mentoring and enjoys working with and advocating for students at all stages of their scientific journey. In addition to working with undergraduates in the Dowen Lab, she is on the organizational committee of WinSPIRE (Women and underrepresented genders in Science Promoting Inclusion in Research Experiences). Rachel has completed Self-Guided Foundational SafeZone training as well as the Effective Mentoring Training Program offered through the UNC Graduate School. In 2022 she received a Science Mentoring Award presented by the UNC office of Graduate Education. In addition to mentoring students one on one, Rachel is also dedicated to Scientific outreach actively participating in events such as NC DNAday, Teen Science Café and the annual Science Expo hosted by Morehead Planetarium. Outside of lab Rachel enjoys gardening, art, cooking new plant-based recipes and attending UNC-CH sporting events (especially when they play the University of Richmond).
Personal DEI Statement: “As a scientist and active member of my community, I am strongly committed to preserving a safe and inclusive work environment for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, age, religion, nationality, social-economic status, political affiliations, or physical ability. I value people and viewpoints from diverse backgrounds, and I am dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity.” – Rachel DuMez-Kornegay
Kylie VanDerMolen, BBSP
Kylie is a first-generation college and graduate student and values the ability to help guide students through their scientific journeys as her mentors have guided her. She has served as a peer mentor for her graduate program, BBSP, and as a college prep mentor for UNC WinSPIRE (Women and underrepresented genders in STEM Promoting Inclusive Research Experiences). She has also mentored an undergraduate student for 2 semesters and looks forward to mentoring more students. Kylie has taken the Mentoring Undergraduates in STEM Research Workshop through UNC and the Self-Guided SafeZone Foundational Training. She also enjoys sharing science with her local community through outreach programs, including the annual UNC Science Expo and NC DNA Day. Outside of lab, Kylie loves to run and exercise, read, and spend time with friends. She loves the annual Tar Heel 10 Miler and ran her first half marathon in December 2022. She is now training for a full marathon in October 2023 – wish her luck!
2023 BBSP Rotation Students
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