Name: Tahirah Burford
What undergrad school are you from, and what was your major?:
Hampton University; Biology w/ a concentration in cellular and molecular biology
Why did you apply to Georgetown University?:
I applied to Georgetown specifically for the Biohaz program. I was not considering getting a Masters’ in the biomedical field until I was introduced to this program. Everything about it, and the possible doors it could open for me sparked my interest so I had no choice but to pursue the opportunity.
What are you studying here at Georgetown University?:
Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases
As a Hoyas for Science recipient, you were selected because your application to Georgetown "demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level." Please describe in a few sentences (or short paragraph) what you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what specifically your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies is, and why. Feel free to go into your future plans if that is appropriate:
At Georgetown I hope to gain a sense of clarity in what career field I will go into post-graduation. Also, I intend to advance my knowledge in all areas of my chosen program, so that I will excel in whatever my future endeavors may be. Just after a few weeks in the Biohaz program I have directed my interest to bio-counterterrorism and intelligence in the biomedical field because I believe in protecting innocent people from health, safety and security threats.
Please share an interesting fact about yourself:
One interesting thing about me that people do know, but not many people at Georgetown know, is that I am an identical twin. The first think she asked me when I got home from the first day of classes was, “Did you tell your friends about me?”